At their May 4 meeting, the Morgan County Commission approved a bid from F & S Contracting, LLP for $32,108 for the Paw Paw E-911 tower site.
Morgan County Services Director Dave Michael said that the lowest project bid of $26,700 from Clinton Reed Excavating and Hauling did not include two 18-foot wide gates but proposed one 20-foot gate. A bid of $32,715 from Cowgill Excavating and Hauling did not include any gate specifications.
The Rescue Squad Thrift Store continues to provide financial assistance to the Morgan County Rescue Service as it has done for more than 30 years. The thrift store also helps the community by offering clothing and household goods at inexpensive prices.
The Morgan County Partnership was recently awarded a $77,313 2007 substance abuse prevention implementation grant. The Morgan County Commission will be the fiscal agent for the grant. Some 11 other counties received the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) substance abuse prevention grants, which totaled $848,561.
The grant will fund a full-time project director, a full-time prevention community educator, a full-time master's level prevention clinician for a school-based health center and a part-time evaluator. The money will also partially fund a teen coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club and provide promotional and curriculum materials, training and a teen issues day planned for August.
If you need to rent a vehicle, there's now an Enterprise Rent-a-Car location in Berkeley Springs. Enterprise Rent-a-Car is located at 2976 Valley Road in the same building as Herb's Quality Used Cars and Trucks. The business opened on February 1.
An upcoming Morgan Community Concert Band performance will feature the original music of local composer Irving "Pete" Preston Nesmith. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Springs High School auditorium. The concert is free to the public.
The Concert Band's performance will mark the 120th anniversary of the first town band to play in Morgan County. It will honor Nesmith on the 40th anniversary of his death.
A group of Morgan County residents have petitioned the County Commission to allow citizens to vote on the plans to build a $12.7 million County Courthouse complex.
The residents felt that the building was far beyond anything that the county could afford. They suggested other options such as using space at War Memorial Hospital for county offices once the new hospital was built. That might not be until two or three years from now, noted County Commissioner Glen Stotler.
The Morgan County Commission took no action on their plans to redistrict the county magisterial districts. The redistricting issue was on the agenda for discussion and action at their Friday, May 4 meeting.
Commissioner Glen Stotler said that they needed to look at the polls, census maps and block maps before making any decision. They couldn't split a block or have more than 10% deviation between the smallest and largest district, he said.