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Morgan County briefs

April 23, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

Early voting off to slow start



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Only 10 Morgan County residents took advantage of early voting in the primary election so far.

"It was unusually slow with five early voters on the first day," Morgan County Clerk Debra Kesecker said Thursday.

Early voting is held in the County Clerk's office trailer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and on May 1 and 8. On Wednesday, the office is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The last day for early voting is May 8, Kesecker said.

The Morgan County government trailer complex is on Mercer Street, behind the new courthouse which is still under construction.

Commissioners to view old animal control site for better space



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission agreed Thursday to take a look at the county property on Milo School Road in Great Cacapon (W.Va.), the former site of the county dog pound.

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Commission Thomas R. Swaim suggested looking at the old building that could be used for the dog kennel and use a double-wide trailer as housing for the animal control officer.

Commission president Brenda J. Hutchinson said she was willing to take a look at the property, but she had reservations because of "abuse of the animals in the past" when it was located there.

Swaim said the commission has set aside $15,000 in funds to renovate the current building being used to house the animals, but he would like to use the money for a more permanent situation.

Spohr's Crossroads residents that live close to the animal control kennel recently complained to the commission that noise was a problem and they did not want the kennel expanded.

Hutchinson said the long-range goal was to move the kennel to another site, but funding was needed.

Courthouse may get solar panels



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Getting solar panels installed on the roof of the new Morgan County Courthouse moved once step closer at Thursday morning's Morgan County Commission meeting.

The commission unanimously approved the request of commission office grant assistant Carol York to go forward with the $200,000 grant application from the West Virginia Division of Energy that received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

If approved, it would be used for the solar panel installation, according to the application.

York said the matching funds for the grant were zero to 14 percent, but funds for energy efficiency in the new courthouse exceed the zero to 14 percent required match.

Mountain View Solar & Wind co-owner Mike McKechnie said by making the new courthouse energy efficient with its good design, the geothermal air conditioning and heating system and energy produced from the sun with solar panels, it will save the county taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy bills over the future.

"Morgan County has become the leader in setting the energy efficient (EE) and renewable energy (RE) examples not only in the Panhandle but in the state of West Virginia and the surrounding areas," McKechnie said.

"This is a good green project that we began pursuing about a year ago to get solar panels on the new courthouse roof, and we were looking for funding," Commission president Brenda J.Hutchinson said.

Region 9 Regional Planning and Development Council will implement and monitor the grant program, according to the resolution that approved the application.

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