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Morgan County Commission briefs

September 10, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

New menu for courthouse grand opening



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Instead of 700 hot dogs to serve at the Sept. 25 celebration of the Morgan County Courthouse grand opening, it's now pulled pork sandwiches.

Morgan County Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said Thursday that Bob Ford of Bob's Big Beef, the local caterer hired for the event, reduced the cost of pulled pork sandwiches to $3.50 each, which is the same price as the hot dogs.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said the meal includes the sandwich, chips, iced tea or lemonade.

Hutchinson said a $1,000 grand opening donation was received from local businessman Ted Morgan, president of STS International, a Berkeley Springs company.

"This is very generous," Hutchinson said.

STS has an ongoing relationship with the county's Economic Development Authority, she said.

The extra money will rent 100 chairs at $1.06 each, Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said.

And a cake is being considered, Hutchinson said.

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"We are pricing it," she said.

Courthouse offices will close early Oct. 8



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- In a 2-1 vote at Thursday's meeting, the Morgan County Commission decided to close the county offices at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, because of the Apple Butter Festival on Oct. 9 and 10.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim voted against the 1 p.m. closing. He said the offices should be closed all day to allow the festival vendors to set up.

The food vendors use the parking lot across from the courthouse, Swaim said.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said a memo will be sent to the courthouse employees to park in the old courthouse parking lot Oct. 8.

Laura Smith of the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the festival sponsor, said the parking lot across from the courthouse is used for festival food vendors and it will be roped off Thursday night before the festival.

She said only the food vendors are allowed to set up early Friday; the regular vendor set-up time is 5 p.m.

Sheriff's Dept. getting ready to move into old magistrate building



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The former magistrate court building will become the Sheriff's Department beginning Sept. 20.

At Thursday's commission meeting, Chief Deputy Tony Link said the law enforcement staff will begin moving into the renovated space that week.

The building is on the corner of Mercer and Fairfax Streets.

He and Sheriff Vince Shambaugh requested funding for computers and furniture, and the commissioners unanimously approved $4,500.

The department also needs new vehicles to cover the 11 deputies and Shambaugh plus an additional vehicle when Deputy Luke Shambaugh returns in November from active duty in the armed forces, Vince Shambaugh said.

He also wants to discuss additional manpower needs, Shambaugh said.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said new vehicles and manpower will be reviewed in the December budget meeting.

Shambaugh said it takes about "a half a year to get vehicles here."

He said the Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger and Ford Crown Victoria are three that can be "police packaged."

Hutchinson asked Shambaugh to supply the commission with the costs.

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