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Report - New Morgan Co. Courthouse to cost about $11 million

January 06, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The cost of building a new Morgan County Courthouse will be about $11 million, the president of the Morgan County Commission said Friday.

At Friday's Morgan County Commission meeting, Glen Stotler said Silling Associates, the Charleston, W.Va., architectural firm hired by the commission to build the courthouse, provided the estimated cost through a needs and assessment document given to the commission. The cost is based on beginning construction no later than 2008, Stotler said.

In order to plan the courthouse building, Stotler said the commission "needs to get answers regarding financial assistance," and hopes the West Virginia Legislature can help finance the cost of the new complex.

Also included in the cost is adding about 2,400 square feet for the Morgan County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Division at the Morgan County Rescue Service building, where the department is housed and will stay, Stotler said.

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The new courthouse will be about 30,000 square feet, which includes a 40 percent growth estimate for future expansion, Stotler said.

The judicial offices will be together in the new courthouse building, which will minimize security needs, Stotler said.

Stotler said the commission office space will not be in the new courthouse building, but will be in the Magistrate Court building at the corner of Fairfax and Mercer streets. Minor renovations needed for the building are not part of the courthouse expenditures, he said.

A public meeting to get input on the courthouse proposal will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., Stotler said. A site for the meeting has yet determined to be determined, he said.

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