Morgan county briefs

December 08, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

Analysis: Too much office Internet use

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. Getting tax information to Charleston's tax department via the Internet has become difficult, and the county's tax assessor, John Allen Swaim, brought the reason to the attention of the Morgan County Commission on Friday.

The county Internet system was recently monitored for two weeks by Global Science & Technology, and GST engineer Brian Clem said the analysis showed the system gets overloaded and becomes sluggish because there is increased Web use and e-mail traffic.

Clem said the analysis showed music was being played from radio stations on the Web.

It also showed a variety of Web sites that were visited, including eBay, Amazon, Hotmail, Wal-Mart, BizRate,, MySpace, and


Clem suggested either adding additional equipment to ease the Web traffic, or a "no cost" solution: educating employees about Internet use policies. He said each department could have one designated computer with Internet access.

After the meeting, Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson said the commissioners will have to discuss the matter further, but she did not think adding additional costs with more equipment was the way to resolve the problem.

"We need to educate the employees about overusing the Internet," she said. "we need to think about what we're doing during our work hours."

County subdivision bans ATVs

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. Northwoods Property Owners' Association received approval from the Morgan County Commission Friday to apply the county All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ordinance to its subdivision roads.

Northwoods is in the eastern part of the county off Clone Run Road.

Association secretary Lois Walton said 32 of the 47 Northwoods property owners voted for the ATV ban.

Walton said riding the ATVs for recreational use on the eight subdivision roads has created a nuisance.

People from both inside and outside the subdivision were riding ATVs on the roads, she said.

Commission President Glen R. Stotler said the association met the requirements to be protected by the ordinance, and he said the ban is effective immediately.

He said law enforcement will be notified that Northwoods has an ATV ban in effect, and a public notice will be placed in the newspaper next week.

The county ordinance went into effect in August, 2004.

School gets funds for playground

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Morgan County Commission unanimously approved funding $1,000 to the Pleasant View Parent-Teacher Organization for half the cost of a new tire swing for the playground next to the school.

Pleasant View spokesperson Kim Golden said the PTO has collected two years' worth of labels and stickers from food products to raise $1,000 toward the purchase of the swing.

Commission President Glen R. Stotler asked Golden to get a letter from the Morgan County Board of Education to the commission stating the playground is open for public use.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim did raise a question - with the school board "receiving 70 percent of the tax dollars, why are they not taking care of this?" he asked.

Stotler suggested Pleasant View ask for matching funds from the school board.

Golden said she will ask Principal Nicole Fox to contact the school board to match the funds from the local school improvement council that will meet early next year.

Civil War group gets OK to camp

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Bath-Romney Civil War Campaign will be celebrated on Jan. 19 and 20, and the Morgan County Commission granted its historical and preservation association permission to camp on county property on Jan. 20.

Jim Bailey, president of the Bath-Romney Historical and Preservation Association, said at Friday's meeting the participants want to celebrate the event as close to the Town of Bath as possible, and wanted to camp overnight on Sir John's Run.

Bailey said events will be held in Berkeley Springs State Park.

Commission President Glen R. Stotler said county planner Alma Gorse will show Bailey the county-owned property.

- Trish Rudder

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