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Morgan County employees moving into new courthouse

July 13, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • The construction fence is gone and the Morgan County Courthouse employees are moving into the new building on the corner of Washington and Fairfax streets in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
By Trish Rudder,

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- County employees have begun moving into the new Morgan County Courthouse.

Workers in the circuit court, probation, assessor and tax offices began moving out of trailers Monday to set up their new spaces.

The moves into the courthouse are staggered this week and next until all offices are in the new building, county administrator Jody McClintock said Tuesday.

The circuit clerk, assessor and tax office workers were unloading boxes and getting their offices ready. The employees said they were happy with their new space and glad to be out of the trailers.

Morgan County Circuit Clerk Kim Jackson showed off the new vault in her office where records are kept.

"I love it," Jackson said of the new courthouse building.

The Morgan County government offices have been working out of trailers next to the construction site since August 2006, when a fire destroyed the old courthouse on the corner of Washington and Fairfax streets.

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Jackson said the new circuit courtroom will be used by 23rd Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh on July 26 and by Judge John C. Yoder on July 28 and 30.

The courtroom will hold its first trial Aug. 3, she said.

Construction project superintendent Marty Rinehart of Milestone Construction said his crew was finishing minor details on the building and his last day will be Friday.

"I'm going to miss it," he said.

"I'll be back for the grand opening in September," Rinehart said.

The date for the grand opening has not been set, Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said Tuesday.

Construction on the 45,000-square-foot building began in late 2008. The cost is about $10.6 million, she said.

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