Morgan County briefs

August 11, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

Courthouse funding might be on agenda for special session

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Funding for the rebuilding of the Morgan County Courthouse could be on the agenda during the next special session of the West Virginia Legislature, Del. Daryl Cowles said during Friday's Morgan County Commission meeting.

Cowles, R-Morgan, said the special session will be Aug. 19 to 21. Cowles said Gov. Joe Manchin has to make the call for special appropriations to be discussed and then the Legislature can act on it.

Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, chairman of the state Senate Finance Committee, is proposing a $10 million loan for rebuilding the courthouse through a reserve loan fund.

Cowles said through the loan, funding for other courthouses will become available as the county pays the money back.

Cowles said he does not have any doubts that funding for the courthouse will go through "if my colleagues are allowed to consider it."


"This revolving fund is the greatest idea so far, and the Morgan County Courthouse will be the first in line to receive funding," Cowles said.

Public meeting set for courthouse design

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A public meeting on a new design for the Morgan County Courthouse will be Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Berkeley Springs High School.

Commissioner Tommy Swaim said Friday that the new two-story design is a "cut-down version" of the original plans. It will be connected to the Magistrate Family Court building at the corner of Fairfax and Mercer streets.

Tom Potts of Silling & Associates, the Charleston, W.Va., architectural firm designing the building, will be at the meeting to answer questions, commission President Glen Stotler said.

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