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Morgan County Commission briefs

September 09, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

ATVs banned from Fairview Subdivision



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission approved a request Thursday to apply the county all-terrain vehicle ordinance to Fairview Subdivision.

Fairview Subdivision is east of Berkeley Springs off Fairview Drive.

A petition was filed to the Morgan County Commission by Fairview Subdivision to ban the use of ATVs throughout the subdivision, and their representative, Randy Stotler, told the commission Thursday that "ATVs come from outside the subdivision and use it."

Stotler told the commission that 26 of the 47 subdivision lot owners responded to the petition. Eight lot owners do not have voting privileges due to unpaid dues, said Stotler. He said 24 lot owners were for the ban and two lot owners voted against it.

The ATV ban is effective immediately, and a public notice will be placed in the Berkeley Springs newspaper next week, said Betty Kidwell, commission secretary.

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The county ordinance has been in effect since August 2004.




Building fees are increased in county



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission approved an increase in building permits and home-improvement and miscellaneous fees effective Monday.

No objections were raised at Thursday's public hearing during the Morgan County Commission meeting.

Daryl Cowles, vice president of the Morgan County Planning Commission, said the planning commission unanimously agreed with the fee increases proposed by Alma Gorse, who heads up the Planning Office.

Gorse asked the Morgan County Commissioners to consider the proposed increases at the commission meeting Aug. 26. She told the commissioners it has been 10 years since the fees were increased, and they were not able to cover operating expenses under the current fee structure.

The increase affects residential building permit fees, commercial improvement permits, subdivision fees, exemption fees and miscellaneous fees such as copies of permits, an ordinance or comprehensive plan. The minimum permit fee will be $10.

For more information, call the Morgan County Planning Office at 304-258-8546.




Morgan County Summit planned



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Audrey Morris, director of Morgan County Starting Points, told the Morgan County Commission Thursday she is representing the Morgan County Active Afterschool groups to seek the commission's support of the Morgan County Summit.

The summit will be held Oct. 25 at Cacapon State Park and Resort from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will focus on the creation of a Morgan County Community Recreation Center.

A $1,000 donation from the commission was requested and approved. Morris said the funds will be used to purchase supplies and information materials for summit participants.

She said W.Va. first lady Gayle Manchin will be attending. Manchin was the executive director of W.Va. Promise.

She said as part of America's Promise 1997 national campaign, communities were to provide five promises: caring adults and ongoing relationships with them; safe places with structured activities; a healthy start and future; development of marketable skills; and opportunities to help others.

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