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Morgan County Commission briefs

January 15, 2009

Evening courthouse hours approved for Thursdays



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission on Thursday unanimously approved switching the county's late courthouse hours from Fridays to Thursdays.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 29, the courthouse will be open until 7 p.m., and beginning Friday, Jan. 30, the courthouse will close at 5 p.m.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said he found there was not much business on Friday nights, and he thought the offices would be busier on Thursday nights.

"It gives the local person a chance to come in to take care of business," he said.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said as long as the county offices are open one evening, it should not deter the public.

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Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said the elected officials liked the idea of new hours.

The county offices close on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Swaim said he didn't want that to change.

Hutchinson agreed.

"It's a perk for our employees so they can take care of business themselves," she said.

Courthouse cornerstone ceremony set for Jan. 24



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission must decide what to put inside the time capsule that will be placed in the cornerstone of the new Morgan County Courthouse.

Edward D. Brown, senior deacon with Delford A.F. & A.M. Lodge 88, told the commission at Thursday's county commission meeting the Masons will conduct the cornerstone laying ceremony to commemorate the construction of the new building.

Brown said mementos will be placed in the time capsule and something is needed from the commission. Suggestions included a list of all of the county employees working in January 2009 or those who were employees on Aug. 8, 2006, the day the courthouse was destroyed by fire.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said the commission will have the time capsule contents ready for Brown to pick up Jan. 22.

The courthouse cornerstone ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m.

Employees to get county-based e-mail addresses



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission is looking into the feasibility and costs to get uniform e-mail addresses set up for county employees.

At Thursday's county commission meeting, Jim Hoyt, a local businessman who provides computer assistance to residents and businesses, made suggestions to the commissioners to help them make decisions on how to set up county-based e-mail addresses and improve the county's Web site.

Hoyt said he is volunteering his time to help the county.

Ken Dabkowski, a consultant with the county's Economic Development Authority, is working with Hoyt regarding county-based e-mail.

Maxie Maggio, a county commission employee, will administer the e-mail setup and make additions to the county's Web site.

Hoyt suggested putting a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the Web site, and Maggio said a site map would be useful as well as a search box.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said Hoyt, Dabkowski and Maggio should work together and have information and prices for the commission in two weeks.

"Getting uniform e-mail set up is a priority," Hutchinson said.

- Trish Rudder

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