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Morgan County briefs

July 12, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

Cemetery annexation moves forward

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Greenway Cemetery met the requirements Friday to be annexed into the Town of Bath limits by the Morgan County Commission.

Once it is annexed into the town's jurisdiction, the cemetery can be protected under its own ordinances, Town of Bath Councilwoman Irene Hedrick said.

Melisha Souders, an attorney with Richard Gay's office, who represents the town, will publish the legal notice for two weeks.

A public hearing will be held Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Morgan County Commission office before final approval can be made, Commission President Glen R. Stotler said.

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Recycling plant needs funding

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A request of $25,000 to open the recycling plant was made Friday by the Solid Waste Authority to the Morgan County Commission.

Bennett Lentczner, who chairs the authority, said it needs the money to open the facility in the fall. He said part of the money would be used for a chain-link fence, which is a requirement. The estimated cost of the fence is $15,000.

Lentczner said the authority signed a five-year lease for the site with Eddie's Tire Co., beginning July 1. He requested the commission exempt the property from tax. Commissioners Thomas R. Swaim and Brenda J. Hutchinson agreed to the exemption.

Treasurer Charlie Biggs, who resigned his position with the authority, said he knew $25,000 "might be a big bite, but any money you might have would help."

Swaim and Hutchinson said a decision would be made after a budget review regarding the funding request.

Courthouse first readings approved

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The first readings for the ordinance and the bond authorizing the ordinance of the Morgan County Commission, which approves the design and construction of the Morgan County Courthouse, were approved Friday.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said the second readings will be July 25, and the third and final readings will follow a public hearing Aug. 8.

John Stump of Steptoe and Johnson in Charleston, W.Va., is the bond counselor, Swaim said.

Final bids for the courthouse have been moved from July 17 to July 24 to give the contractors an extra week, Swaim said.

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