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Berkeley County offices off limits next week

Dunn Building to be closed for roof work, asbestos removal

Dunn Building to be closed for roof work, asbestos removal

December 08, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Commission in an emergency meeting on Tuesday decided to close the county's administration building for at least four days next week because of an ongoing roof replacement project that involves asbestos removal.

The closure of the Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St. will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and could be extended beyond 5 p.m. on Thursday, depending on weather conditions and other factors, according to county officials.

Most faculty and staff of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, the building's first-floor tenant, will be available via e-mail, according to Student Enrollment Director Leslie See, who said the school was putting together a contingency plan.

"We do have the tech center to absorb some mission-critical operations," See said of the school's leased space in the former World Kitchen/Corning Glass building south of Martinsburg.

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The fall semester officially ends on Saturday and no classes are affected, she said.

The closure hits at a busy time of year for Berkeley County Assessor Patricia "Patsy" Kilmer, who said her office is alerting the public to the temporary inconvenience.

"We're going to come back and hit the ground hard," Kilmer said.

Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said the tax collection office he supervises on the second floor of the building will not feel a big impact.

"This is as good of a time as any," Lemaster said.

Commissioners felt the building's closure was necessary to protect county employees and the general public from any danger, Deputy County Administrator Alan Davis said in a news release.

Also affected by the closure are the county's planning and engineering departments, the health department's administrative offices, Berkeley County Fire Board, Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority administrative offices, Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning & Development Council office and the West Virginia University Extension Service office for Berkeley County.

The Berkeley County Commission's offices are temporarily in the Judicial Center and will remain open.

For more information, call 304-267-5000.

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