In an effort to rebuild their community, Berkeley County and Martinsburg council members learned how to play nice with one another.
The two councils started butting heads a few months ago after the county announced their plans for a government sponsored rehab center – a center which would be placed inside Martinsburg’s city limits.
“We filed the appeal to city council’s decision this past Monday the 11,” said Norwood Bentley, Berkeley County Council’s legal advisor.
In December, the city rejected the county’s request to rezone the rehab center – the first step needed in beginning the building process. The county is now appealing that decision.
However, Bentley said that was only a precautionary measure. Bentley said county council members are more interested in working with Martinsburg council members rather than against them.
According to council member Dan Dulyea, county council has reached out to city council members “too may times” to count to discuss the future of the rehab center.
Dulyea said the city has only reached out one time
County council members said they have not had problems in the past with the city of Martinsburg whenever county buildings had to be built inside city limits – buildings like the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department or the expansion of the county’s 911 center.
Despite the recent resistance from the city, the county is choosing to hold off on moving forward with their rehab center plans until after their face-to-face meeting with city officials next week, a meeting that is happening at the city’s request.
“It’s not the end all, but I think it’s very important. I think, if we’re talking the ideal situation, the ideal situation is to have everybody moving toward the same goal,” Dulyea said.
County council members said they still plan to open a rehab center with or without the city’s blessing, because statistics show at least two people overdose on heroin and die each month.
“We can do much more…than if we’re working against each other and wasting energy on that effort.”