• Martinsburg WV B&O Roundhouse to be leased to National Gaurd

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  by WSH
I saw this article a few weeks ago and wanted to share with with you guys here. At one time there were much bigger plans for the roundhouse, while they never played out as planned the roundhouse was stabilized and partially restored. Even though I believe the National Gaurd is more or less going to use it for storage it will be being used and that keeps the vandals out and puts $$'s into the fund for the roundhouse.

Full article here:

http://www.journal-news.net/page/conten ... l?nav=5006

Roundhouse Authority approves lease
Members to allow National Guard contractor to use building
January 10, 2012
By Jenni Vincent -
MARTINSBURG - Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority members Monday night unanimously agreed to sign a lease allowing a Nevada contractor with the West Virginia National Guard to use one of the downtown landmark's buildings and adjacent property.

As approved, TsiCorp, of Las Vegas, will pay $97,808 for the first year and $117,808 for each successive year for the bridge and machine shop building and adjacent real estate.

Authority board member and Berkeley County Council Vice President Elaine Mauck made the motion - which was seconded by fellow board member and Martinsburg City Councilman Roger Lewis - to approve the lease for one year with an option for four additional years.

Board members voted in open session following an executive session to discuss the project with West Virginia Air National Guard representative Lt. Col. Bill Farrell and Lt. Col. Joseph Peal, a logistics officer with the West Virginia National Guard.

Speaking after the session, Peal said additional details of the warehousing project are expected to be discussed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in his "State of the State" address Wednesday night.

He also said the first year's rent was reduced because of the approximately $20,000, which is expected to be spent by the Guard at the property to make needed improvements.

The lease stipulates the property "shall be used solely for the operation of its mission for the West Virginia National Guard and for no other purpose."

Authority Chairman Clarence "CEM" Martin said he expects the lease's effective date will be "back dated" to Jan. 1, 2012.

Monday's action followed initial discussions that took place last fall when Martin announced the West Virginia National Guard was interested in possibly using two of the Roundhouse property's buildings for a maintenance operation.

As a result, authority members at that time authorized Martin to continue with negotiations over the proposed project.

In other business, Martin welcomed six new members to the authority's board and discussed priorities for the upcoming months including paying off existing debt and also save money when possible.

Attending their first meeting after being appointed by the Berkeley County Council were: Nancy Ferner, Todd Funkhouser, James Kief, Roger Lewis, John Hillery and Ken Mattson.

"I'm looking forward to having new people, new ideas and new energy. I think it will be good for the organization that they've come onboard," Martin said.

Lewis said he is especially interested in the Roundhouse and its property because it is located within the ward he serves as a city councilman.

"The Roundhouse is a good compliment to our downtown area and has a lot of potential in that regard," he said prior to the meeting.