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Morgan Co. Commissioners discuss cost of new courthouse

November 19, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - In order to avoid any surprises, the Morgan County Commissioners and county administrator, Bill Clark had a workshop meeting on Thursday to address operating costs when they move into the courthouse next year.

One item discussed was the new size of the water line in the courthouse and what the cost will be. Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson and Clark will check with the Town of Bath water department, Berkeley Springs Water Works.

The specifications needed for the new telephone system will be provided by consultant John Bowman.

The telephone system will be ready for the bidding process by Jan. 1, Hutchinson said.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said he thought the electricity costs in the new building will be high. "Figure on twice the cost," he said.

Hutchinson said she was hopeful the new geothermal system will reduce electricity costs, but they decided to budget $5,000 a month as an estimate.

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The generator needs to be camouflaged with a fence and a locked gate, Hutchinson said. She volunteered to get that done.

Clark will find out how much the four doublewide and two singlewide trailers the county is using as offices are worth before the county decides to sell or donate them.

Clark said the courthouse has three flag poles -- one national, one state, and one for a Morgan County flag. The commissioners want to open a contest to the public to design the county flag for the courthouse. Swaim will come up with some guidelines for the first commission meeting in January.

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