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Morgan Co. courthouse to be demolished

February 14, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Courthouse that was destroyed by an August fire will be demolished by United Wreckers & Excavators Inc. of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Bill Clark, Morgan County administrator, said the company's bid for the demolition was $346,865, which includes a $9,000 addendum to the contract to save the courthouse entrance.

Morgan County Commissioner Tommy Swaim said Joe Dugan, owner of United Wreckers, brought in specialists from the D.C. area for guidance on preserving the marble on the courthouse entrance.

"I'm a demolition man," he said. "I'm no salvage man."

Demolition is expected to take about 10 weeks, followed by another two weeks for site preparation, Dugan said.

Clark said the demolition contract will be signed within the next two weeks and the company will have 140 days to complete the demolition.

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He said the process will be slow to avoid air-quality problems.

"I'm looking forward to getting started and moving ahead with the plans for the new courthouse," Swaim said.

Silling Associates Inc., a Charleston, W.Va., architectural firm, was hired by the county to design the new courthouse building.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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