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Morgan County Commission briefs

July 24, 2009

Commission will review funding applications twice a year

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to review funding applications only in December and June, a move that will help the commission plan its budget, Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said.

When a funding application is received at the county commission office, it will be filed until the next budget review date, according to the new policy.

Along with the application, the organization must provide a copy of its budget or a financial statement, Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said.

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The application form will be available on the county's Web site, she said.

Paw Paw festival funding not available

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission on Thursday tabled a funding request by the Town of Paw Paw, W.Va., for $1,500 for fireworks at its annual festival in September.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said the hotel/motel tax revenue fund only has $1,117.78 available.

"We are down in collections," she said.

Because of the decrease in tax revenue, funding gifts to recipients will be less, Hutchinson said.

"We did not increase the hotel/motel tax, and therefore, there is not as much because of the slump," she said.

Hutchinson and Swaim agreed on $1,000 for the Sept. 19 and 20 festival, but because there was very little money in the hotel/motel fund, it was decided to table the request until Aug. 20.

Morgan County Fair gets $5,000

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission on Thursday granted a funding request of $5,000 to the Morgan County Fair Board for the Aug. 1 and 2 fair at Berkeley Springs High School.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said because hotel/motel tax revenue funds are not available at this time, the fair funding request will have to come from the county's general fund, and it will be replaced when the hotel/motel tax revenue fund is solvent.

Fire board member needed

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A resident from Magisterial District 1 is needed to serve on the Morgan County Fire Board.

Morgan County Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said at Thursday's commission meeting that Junior Hook inadvertently was appointed to the board. Hook is a firefighter for the Great Cacapon (W.Va.) Fire Department and therefore is ineligible to serve on the board as a citizen member.

The volunteer position is a three-year term, Hutchinson said.

-- Trish Rudder

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