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Ideas sought for courthouse reconstruction

January 19, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission will hold a public meeting next week to receive input on the reconstruction of the Morgan County Courthouse.

The meeting will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Berkeley Springs High School.

Morgan County Commission President Glen Stotler said the Needs and Assessment report from Silling and Associates will be presented, and Tom Potts of Silling, the Charleston, W.Va., architectural firm hired by the commission, will attend the meeting.

The circa-1908 courthouse and attached buildings were destroyed by an Aug. 8 fire, and Silling has estimated that the cost to rebuild the structure is $11 million, Stotler said.

The cost is based on beginning construction no later than 2008, he said.

Stotler said he was in Charleston last week to request financial assistance from the West Virginia Legislature. He said he asked Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, for $7.5 million to help with the courthouse reconstruction. Stotler said about $3.5 million will come from insurance.

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The new courthouse will be about 30,000 square feet, and the architects included a 40 percent growth estimate for future expansion, Stotler had said.

He said the judicial offices will be together in the new building to minimize security costs.

The cost included adding 2,400 square feet to the Morgan County Rescue Service building for the county Sheriff's Law Enforcement Division, where the department is housed and where it will stay, Stotler previously said.




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What: The Morgan County Commission will hold a public meeting to receive input on the reconstruction of the Morgan County Courthouse.

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) High School auditorium

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