Morgan County Commission Briefs

May 14, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

Potesta Engineering to test soil at soccer field

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to award Potesta Engineering a contract to test for soil contamination at the soccer field.

The work will be done at a cost of $8,200.

The field has not been used because pieces of metal and glass were found coming up through the grass. The commission has learned the property once was a salvage yard.

Planner Alma Gorse said Thursday that soil testing estimates also were received from Thrasher Engineering, and Miller Engineering and Environmental.

Thrasher proposed 10 soil samples be analyzed at an estimated cost of $9,000 to $12,000. Miller proposed 12 samples at a cost of about $10,000.

Potesta recommended that six soil samples be taken on four acres.

Courthouse trailers will have new homes

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission on Thursday decided who would become the new owners of two double-wide trailers that were used during the construction of the new courthouse.


Faith Christian Academy in Martinsburg, W.Va., will purchase the Morgan County Circuit Clerk's trailer for $12,500. The Morgan County Commission trailer will be sold to Mountain View Solar & Wind for $5,199.

Mountain View owner Mike McKechnie said the trailer will be used for temporary office space for the company's new employees.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said he was willing to let the trailer be sold for such a low price was because it will bring jobs to the county.

"These trailers cost $57,000 each," Swaim said.

The single-wide commission meeting trailer will be donated to Morgan County Parks and Recreation for use at the soccer field, Swaim said.

It is to be used as a concession stand and for bathrooms to keep children from having to cross U.S. 522 to get to a complex that has those amenities, he said.

The single-wide trailer with no bathroom was offered to the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority, but County Administrator Jody McClintock said Bennett Lentzner, chairman of the authority, declined the offer.

Mountain View Solar & Wind owner Mike McKechnie attended the meeting. He said the trailer will be used for temporary office space for the company's new employees.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said the trailer will be donated to a county or nonprofit agency, but they have to pay for it to be moved.

The commissioners accepted resident Nancy West's bid of $500 for the decking surrounding the trailers.

Zoning study finished by planning commission

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- County Planner Alma Gorse and Planning Commission President Jack Soronen gave the Morgan County Commission its report on zoning at Thursday's county commission meeting.

Last year, Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson requested the planning commission study land-use issues to learn if they could be addressed by amending a current ordinance, a state rule or some form of zoning.

Soronen said the planning commission will continue to prepare the draft zoning ordinance.

The commission voted 2-1 to accept the study. Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan and Hutchinson voted in favor of accepting it; Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim voted against accepting it.

"Accepting the study does not necessarily mean to approve it," Hutchinson said.

Swaim said he voted against the study because he does not believe the majority of people in the county want zoning.

"They are not interested in a zoning study," he said.

Gorse said Friday that the study will be available on the county website next week. Copies also will be available at the Morgan County Commission trailer.

Security screening to include new courthouse first floor

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to include security screening in the first-floor offices of the new Morgan County Courthouse.

Commissioners Thomas R. Swaim and Stacy A. Dugan voted to include the first floor; Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson voted against it.

The design of the new building by Silling Associates of Charleston, W.Va., did not include security for the first floor, architect Tom Potts said Friday.

Potts said that decision was made by Hutchinson, Swaim and former commissioner Glen R. Stotler when the building was being designed.He said a curtain wall system with glass doors would have to be placed in the lobby to create a security screening system.

"It is a simple idea to be able to physically change the building to accommodate security screening, but costs will be involved to make these changes," Potts said.

He said it will be a "several-months process before they can move in."

Swaim said Friday the glass door system was not needed and that another metal detector will be added at the county commission office.He said everyone entering the courthouse will go through a security check.

Swaim said he changed his mind and voted for the extra security because "things have changed and problems could exist, and it's in the best interest of the people," Swaim said.

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