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Morgan County Commission briefs

November 07, 2008

Commission discusses hospital bid with Valley Health



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Valley Health officials met in a private meeting with the Morgan County commissioners on Nov. 6, Commission President Glen R. Stotler said at Friday's commission meeting.

The closed meeting was to discuss the bid that was received Oct. 15 from Valley Health regarding the purchase of War Memorial Hospital, he said. 

Valley Health, which manages the hospital, was the lone bidder.

Stotler said the county attorney from Richard Gay's office attended the executive session, where no decisions were made. He said he told Valley Heath representatives Todd Way and Craig Lewis that the commissioners were disappointed in the low bid of $1.5 million for the hospital. 

He said another private meeting is planned Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. to further discuss the bid. 

Stotler said West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, W.Va., requested a bid package but did not submit one. They are affiliated with United Health Systems, he said. 

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A private meeting is planned Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. with J. Tom Jones, President and CEO of United Health Systems, and Bruce McClymonds, President of WVU Hospitals. The executive session will include legal counsel from Gay's office.

Courthouse construction could be delayed three more weeks



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A three-week delay before construction of the new Morgan County Courthouse could begin is "the worst-case scenario," Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said at the Morgan County Commission meeting Friday.  

Swaim said he believes work will begin sooner. 

One electrical pole needs to be moved and placed out of the way of the 25-foot deep hole that will house the concrete manhole for the geothermal water system.  

The manhole water pipes will access the water source at Warm Springs Run on Washington Street, Commission President Glen R. Stotler said. 

Swaim said not all sections of the concrete manhole have arrived, and not all of the permits have been approved. 

The request for the electrical pole removal was made last week, Stotler said.

-- Trish Rudder

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