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Morgan County Commission

March 08, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

Field nearly ready for 'play ball' call

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Little League's Opening Day is April 19, and Morgan County Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Beadenkopf gave the Morgan County Commission an update on ballfield enhancements at Friday's meeting.

The 16-acre ballfield is on the west side of U.S. 522, across from Dawson's Home Center, and improvements have been made to the pavilion, dugouts and concession building. The focus now is on the parking area and landscaping, Beadenkopf said.

Parks and Recreation will spend about $2,000 on trees and shrubs for the Girls Softball Complex, and the landscaping design was prepared by the Morgan County Master Gardeners, he said.

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The 10-acre soccer field on the east side of U.S. 522, is being designed for one adult-size field and another larger playing field.

He said in-kind donations for grading the soccer fields are committed, and the work will begin when the weather improves.

Who directs traffic when lines go down?

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - When power lines are being repaired, should the fire department direct traffic?

That was the question at Friday's Morgan County Commission meeting.

Morgan County officials Sheriff Ronnie McIntire, Prosecuting Attorney Debra MH McLaughlin, OES Director Dave Michael, South Morgan Fire Department Chief Mark Miller and Great Cacapon Fire Department Chief Roger Steiner were asked to discuss it.

Miller said when power lines were down on U.S. 522, the fire department waited until the power company came and removed them from the highway and determined it was safe for traffic to use the road.

He said that is what fire departments are supposed to do. Miller said the power company called the fire company back to direct traffic five hours later.

Miller said the fire department does not have the manpower to direct traffic.

He asked Sheriff McIntire if the volunteer reserves could be called instead, and the sheriff said that the reserves could direct traffic, but linemen from the highway should be there.

Commission President Glen R. Stotler said he felt that once the power company determined the power is dead, the fire company should not be needed.

McLaughlin said she will look into the legal aspects of the situation.

Stotler said he will request a follow-up meeting March 21.

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