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Morgan County briefs

December 22, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

Communications equipment contractor not yet decided



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Proposal evaluations continue on which company will provide radio equipment and installation to improve county communications, Office of Emergency Services Director Dave Michael said during Friday's Morgan County Commission meeting.

The county was awarded two grants of more than $460,000 in homeland security funding to improve communications, specifically for radio equipment.

Michael said the issue with financing the equipment is "with reimbursement," which means the county has to purchase the equipment up front.

He said OES has $50,000 to $75,000 that could be used for financing. He said the equipment cost is about $400,000.

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Commission President Glen R. Stotler suggested they "do one and then the other after the reimbursement comes in."

Michael said the evaluation committee will make a recommendation to the commission.

He said the commission must decide which proposal to accept, if a performance bond for installation is necessary and how to implement financing and maintain a safe cash flow.

Michael said the commission is to meet Jan. 2.




Skate park and Boys & Girls Club collaborate



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. Since the proposed Berkeley Springs Bike and Skate Park (BS2) is planned for Harmison Field and is close to the Boys & Girls Club, BS2 leader Jenny McBee and Chris Risinger, the Morgan County unit director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, suggested to the Morgan County Commission on Friday that the Harmison Field parking lot be turned into the play area for the club.

Risinger said grass could be planted and another area can be used for parking.

He said the skate park needs about one acre, and there will not be enough room for a play area on the same site.

Risinger said the groups will collaborate and share upkeep of the play area.

"We are delighted with working with the Boys & Girls Club and collaborating with them," McBee said.

Commission President Glen R. Stotler suggested Risinger find funding for the play area, for purchasing sod and grass and possibly asphalt and basketball nets.

He said the Morgan County Commission is prepared to proceed with the project, but the commissioners need written notification from the Morgan County Little League that they are not going to use Harmison Field.

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