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Morgan County briefs

January 21, 2006|By TRISH RUDDER

Secretary of state to visit on Monday



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland will visit the Morgan County Courthouse Monday at 11 a.m. to meet with the Morgan County Commission to talk about the new voting process, Commission President Glen Stotler said at Friday's commission meeting.

The commissioners will ask Ireland, the state's chief elections official, about the new touch-screen voting and optical scanning machines, and how ballots are to be processed.

"We need to get all our questions answered," Stotler said.

Morgan County Clerk Debra Kesecker said no one has been trained to use the new voting machines yet.




Two seek county litter control ordinance



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Litter is a problem in Morgan County, and Bill Pechumer, recycling coordinator and Charles Biggs, a volunteer for the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority, asked the Morgan County Commission on Friday to adopt a litter control ordinance.

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Biggs told the commissioners the litter problem also could be reduced by establishing a litter control officer, which is part of the state statute.

Pechumer said all he can do now is write a letter to the individual when he finds a name within the contents of the bag of littered trash. He said he has training and experience and knows what to look for.

When there are black bags littered on the road, "find a name and fine the individuals," Biggs said.

Pechumer said there are seven West Virginia counties that have adopted the state statute that includes a litter ordinance.

"In Monongalia County, the ordinance includes dilapidated buildings and chemical dumps that the litter control officer takes care of," he said.

Commissioner Bob Ford said he did not want buildings to be part of litter control.

"Roadside litter would be simpler," Commissioner Tommy Swaim said.

Commission President Glen Stotler said he would refer the matter to the Morgan County prosecuting attorney to learn "if we can pick and choose issues" from the statute to adopt a litter control ordinance.

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