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Bid awarded on Berkeley County public safety building

October 18, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council voted 4-0 Thursday to hire six people part-time to do construction work on the county’s public safety building project and also separately awarded a $276,000 contract for the new facility’s electrical system.

County Councilman Jim Whitacre was absent.

Robert Shoup, Ronald Dunmire II, Richard Allen, Calvin Barrett, Michael Young and Ryan Dougherty were hired at hourly rates of $10 and $15 per hour to do work as laborers and framers in the construction of interior walls for the building at 510 S. Raleigh St.

Shoup, Allen, Barrett and Young were listed as having 20 or more years of construction experience and owning their own business, according to an Oct. 15 memo that outlines Deputy County Administrator Alan J. Davis’ hiring recommendation.

Dunmire and Dougherty each have more than four years of construction experience, according to the memo.

The award of the electrical system bid package to Martinsburg-based Millers Electric Co. Inc. came after the county reviewed a total of three bids. 

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Barnhart Electric Service Inc., of Hagerstown ($311,000) and LDH Electrical Contractors Inc., of Falling Waters, W.Va., ($331,000) also submitted bids on the project.

The new headquarters for the law enforcement division of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is expected to be completed next year, officials have said.

— Matthew Umstead

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