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Berkeley County Council rejects all paving and fencing bids for parking lot

Number of patients up at Berkeley County Health Department

January 20, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council Thursday rejected all paving bids submitted to repave the county administration's Church Street parking lot.

Last month, the county commission voted 2-1 to award a $29,270 contract to Kickin Asphalt Paving & Sealing LLC of Strasburg, Va., but the company was not the low bidder.

Council member Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci voted against awarding the project.

However, low bidder PRP Contracting LLC failed to provide required documentation in its proposal, including copies of insurance, a conflict-of-interest affidavit and business license. The county commission — now County Council — deemed the Martinsburg contractor's bid unacceptable.

In the same meeting last month, the county commission elected to give the apparent low bidder for a fencing project for the parking lot additional time to provide required bid documentation that was wasn't submitted initially.

While the county subsequently received the proper documentation for the fencing bid, the newly installed council on Jan. 6 voted to reject the fencing bids altogether after officials determined that prevailing wage requirements were not included in the advertisement that was placed for the project.

The fencing is needed to address concerns with vandalism, people going through county trash and illegal dumping and safety issues involving children who live nearby.

Both the paving and fencing projects are expected to be paid for with money generated from a bonds issued for the renovation of the county's administration building, which is  along South Raleigh Street, West Stephen and Church streets.

In other action Thursday:

• The number of patients who received clinical services from the Berkeley County Health Department last year increased to 11,000, about 2,000 more than 2009, County Health Department Administrator Bill Kearns told council members.

The health department saw a 200-patient jump in the agency's sexually transmitted disease program, providing services to about 650 patients, Kearns said.

"With the large number of patients that we are seeing, we needed to add staffing," Kearns said.

Overall increases in clinical services provided prompted the need to hire a fifth nurse, Kearns said in a quarterly report to the council.

Kearns said the health department vaccinated about 5,000 people for the flu so far this season.

• Council members were encouraged by some county residents to take a closer look at how the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority is operating.

Richard Talbott, a pilot, questioned why the governing board for the state's largest airport holds its regular meetings at 8 a.m., when most people are working.

Talbott said he surveyed other officials at several other airports in the region and found that all held their meetings at noon or later, if not in the evening.

Talbott said his survey also showed that more than half of the membership of governing boards of other airports had active pilots on their boards, but the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority had none.  

Airport Authority Chairman Richard "Rick" Wachtel said Thursday afternoon that the board's meetings could be scheduled at a different time, if the members wished to change it.

Wachtel said when he was appointed to the board in 1982, the board was meeting at 8 a.m. He said he believes that the authority has met at that time since it was established in the 1970s.

Legislation that would require airport authorities in West Virginia to have members who have experience with aircraft maintenance, are active commercial pilots and have airport management experience was introduced last week by Del. Jonathan Miller, R-Berkeley.

The bill was pending in the House Political Subdivisions Committee Thursday.

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