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January 06, 2007

Courthouse demolition bid process outlined

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The bidding process for demolition of the Morgan County Courthouse will begin next week, the president of the Morgan County Commission said.

At Friday's commission meeting, Stotler said an advertisement will be published Jan. 10 in local newspapers for demolition bidding. Bids must be submitted by Feb. 7.

Silling Associates, the Charleston, W.Va., architectural firm chosen by the commission to design the new courthouse complex, is handling the bidding process, Stotler said.

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Silling Associates will hold a pre-bid conference Jan. 24 to answer questions and to clarify the bidding process, Stotler said.

The bids will be reviewed by the commissioners at the Feb. 9 Morgan County Commission meeting, he said.

The circa-1908 courthouse at the corner of Washington and Fairfax streets was destroyed by fire Aug. 8, 2006. County offices temporarily are housed in trailers in the courthouse parking lot.

Communications tower considered

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A communications tower is being considered for the western part of Morgan County for better emergency service in the Paw Paw area.

At Friday's Morgan County Commission meeting, it was unanimously agreed that Dave Michael, the county's emergency services director, move forward in the process to construct a tower to improve 911 calls for that area.

Michael said the construction site available for the tower is on W.Va. 9 and Magnolia Road in Paw Paw. He said if approval is received from the landowner soon, the tower could be ready by May.

- Trish Rudder

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