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Morgan County Commission OKs ATV ordinance for subdivision

November 20, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission on Friday approved a petition by the Oak Ridge Homeowners Association to apply the county's ATV ordinance to the subdivision.

Al Isaacs, president of the association, submitted the petition to the commission to ban all-terrain vehicles on Dusty Lane and Oak Ridge Lane in the subdivision.

Stotler, the commission president, said Oak Ridge complied with the petition procedures, including the $30 payment for the newspaper notice that the roads will be subject to the ATV ordinance.

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Oak Ridge is near Pleasant View Elementary School in the eastern part of the county.

Stotler said four other subdivisions in the county have petitioned and were approved to apply the ordinance. They are New Hope Acres, Tower Acres, Sleepy Creek Orchard and Capon River Vista.

Six more subdivisions have requested petition filing forms, said Betty Hall Kidwell, secretary of the commission.

The ATV ordinance went into effect in August. It says that it is illegal to operate an all-terrain vehicle on any public road or highway within Morgan County, whether or not it has a center line. Exempt from the ordinance are all-terrain vehicles for farm use, oil and gas operations, timbering, surveying and public utilities access, which are considered "for lawful, non-recreational commercial purposes."

Funding requests OK'd


The commission approved two requests for funding on Friday.

The commission approved $7,500 in funding requested by the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market, Morgan County Fair and Morgan County Master Gardeners.

Larry Lower made the request at Friday's meeting. Of the $7,500, $6,000 will be used for next year's Morgan County Fair, $1,000 will be used for the farmers market and $500 will be used to help defray the cost of the West Virginia Master Gardeners Conference at Cacapon State Park in May, Lower said.

The commission also approved $3,335 in funding requested by the Foxglove Garden Club.

Gale Foulds, president of the club, told the commissioners new spring plantings will be needed for the War Memorial square on Fairfax Street in front of the courthouse, the herb garden at the old train depot on North Washington Street and the old German cemetery at the intersection of Mercer Street and W.Va. 9.

In addition to the purchase of plants, mulch and soil, Foulds said the garden club uses the funds for Christmas decorations and to pay for the labor to maintain the Berkeley Springs gardens. Foulds said they also will request funding from the Town of Bath to help pay for the water bills. The club holds fund-raising events to bring in additional money as well.

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