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Morgan County briefs

April 19, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

County to consider selling hospital

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A resolution to consider the sale of Morgan County War Memorial Hospital was adopted Friday by the Morgan County Commission.

The commission is looking into selling the hospital because decisions have to be made regarding the financial options of building a new hospital, and "we need to look at this option," commission President Glen R. Stotler said.

"Some of the terms and conditions of the new financing may not be what we want, and that is another reason why we are exploring it now," Stotler said.

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Stotler said one of the commission's requirements would be that all jobs are protected.

When asked if the hospital were sold if that money would go toward building a new $13.5 Morgan County Courthouse building, Commissioner Brenda Hutchinson said, "It could be beneficial to pay for the cost of the courthouse."

Stotler said he would consider using those proceeds "if the pieces all fall into place."

"We have an obligation to explore - we have not decided to sell," Stotler said.

County to apply for loan for courthouse

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission will apply for a $9 million loan from the West Virginia Economic Infrastructure Fund that would go toward construction of a new Morgan County Courthouse, commission President Glen R. Stotler said at Friday's commission meeting.

The commission unanimously approved the financial assistance application for construction of the $13.5 million courthouse, and the bidding process is to start in mid-May, Stotler said.

The courthouse was destroyed by fire in August 2006. The county government offices are in trailers in the old courthouse parking lot on Mercer Street.

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