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Bypass money tops commission's wish list

January 07, 2006|By Trish Rudder

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. -

Receiving funding for the proposed bypass around Berkeley Springs is at the top of the Morgan County Commission's wish list for 2006.

Commissioners Glen Stotler, Bob Ford and Tommy Swaim and county Administrator Bill Clark are scheduled go to Washington, D.C., on Monday and hope to meet with Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., regarding the issue. "Getting some positive feedback from the federal level ... becomes a funding priority" for the proposed bypass around Berkeley Springs, Clark said.

Clark said the commission received 660 letters from Morgan County residents who support the bypass, which will be delivered to Byrd's office. Clark said the commission is focusing only on delivering the letters to Byrd on Monday.

"Hopefully, we will be able to meet with the senator," Clark said. "This is definitely a federal-level issue."

Clark said other commission goals for 2006 include getting started on the new county senior housing building and senior center. The commission also would like to receive a $360,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Highway's Transportation Enhancement Program for a walking and bicycle trail north of Berkeley Springs.

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Also, Clark said "hopefully the site for the new War Memorial Hospital will be chosen and acquired."

"I am very hopeful that we make a broader step in securing broadband Internet service throughout the county, including the surrounding area of Paw Paw, W.Va.," Clark said.

In economic development for the county, Clark said he would like to see more job opportunities created by using two vacant buildings. One is the Consolidated building in Paw Paw and the other is the Lippert building in the U.S. 522 Business Park in southern Morgan County.

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