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Morgan County Commission Briefs

February 04, 2011

Trail approved for ballfield

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Morgan County Commission has approved an $8,000 matching fund request to build a trail along the perimeter of an athletic complex on U.S. 522, if the grant is approved. 

The trail will cover about half of the perimeter of the ballfield complex, said county Grant Administrator Carol York, who is working with Bruce Beadenkopf, acting director of Morgan County parks and recreation.

The trail will cover about 2,046 feet, which Beadenkopf called "a rough estimate."

The trail along the complex needs to be developed, Beadenkopf said. The $96,000 total project grant is through the Department of Transportation recreational trails program.

Berkeley Land Surveys has committed $6,000, plus $2,000 of in-kind services through labor, York said.

That is half of the $16,000 match needed for the 80 percent/20 percent grant, she said.

"This is part of a phased project, and we will apply for additional trail funding," York said.

The gravel and asphalt trail, which is preferred, would cost about $86,000, Beadenkopf said. A dirt trail that would cost about $26,000 was his first choice, but it does not meet the grant guidelines.

Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson said she didn't see any negatives with it, and Commissioner Brad Close agreed.

The trail will provide walking, biking and exercise for Morgan County residents, York said.

"We have been trying to do something with the 16 acres that are not in use," Hutchinson said.

Close made a motion to fund $8,000 of the 80/20 match for the trail, which was seconded by Hutchinson.



Student attends meeting

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Reid Bondurant, a Berkeley Springs High School senior, attended her first Morgan County Commission meeting on Thursday.

The commission last year approved a request from high school civics teacher Kate Stotler to allow student representation at the meetings.

Reid, 17, said if any issue applies to Morgan County students, she will gather opinions and voice them at the commission meetings.

She said she is interested in studying environmental science in college.



Inclement weather hotline

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Those who do not have Internet access can learn about Morgan County Courthouse delays and closings due to inclement weather by calling 304-258-8555, county commission members learned Thursday.

The hotline is a new service set up by Morgan County information technology technician Dave McDonald.

— Trish Rudder

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