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Morgan County Commission briefs

May 29, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

County joins new insurance program



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- West Virginia Counties Risk Pool will insure the Morgan County government beginning July 1. 

In a unanimous vote at Thursday's Morgan County Commission meeting, the county will join 27 other West Virginia county commissions that currently participate in the program. 

Steve Rawlings, a director of member services, met with the commissioners in March and explained the risk pool was created to address the insurance and risk management needs of West Virginia counties.  

"I believe we will have a better, more comprehensive coverage," Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said after Thursday's vote. 

Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said the commissioners spoke with other counties that are members and found they were pleased with the risk pool coverage. 

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Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said he appreciated all that the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) had done for the county after the courthouse fire in August 2006. 

The cost for the new insurance is $61,466 less than BRIM, Hutchinson said.

 

Brick color chosen for new courthouse



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The new Morgan County Courthouse brick color was decided last week, Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said at Thursday's meeting. 

The commissioners chose the dark beige brick with specks in it, Swaim said. "The architects recommended that color," he said. 

Sandstone will be at the base of the building, and brick will be used for the rest, he said.

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