2017-05-10 / Front Page

Commission approves Callas bid for exterior Pines work

by Trish Rudder

Exterior renovations at The Pines were approved by the Morgan County Commission at the May 3 meeting and the project will go forward, said Commissioner Bob Ford.

Commission president Joel Tuttle said the renovations include the base bid of $629,900 plus $24,200 for sunshades and $38,900 for the security lighting package.

The commission approved the bid of $693,000 by Callas Construction.

Renovations will be the final exterior phase of upgrades at the complex. Work will include cleaning the brickwork and repointing mortar in some places, repainting block work on the lower section of the building and replacing the roofing on the original Dent residence. Callas will also repaint a steel ramp to the rear of the building and upgrade the former emergency room entrance canopy. A new covered porch and handicapped ramp will be added to the current Blue Ridge CTC entrance under the contract. Architect chosen for fire hall

Thrasher Engineering was approved by the Morgan County Commission to design the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Department reconstruction. The previous two-story fire hall was destroyed by an accidental fire in July of 2016.

The county plans to build a 5,600 square foot, one-story brick building in the same location as the former fire hall to serve as a permanent home for the fire company.

DAR Charter

The Town of Bath Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) donated the group’s original Charter to Morgan County, and it hangs in the hallway outside the Commission meeting room.

Linda McGraw, who heads up the Bath DAR, said the document was found in a Morgan County Public Library meeting room.

Commission president Joel Tuttle said the commission was happy to be able to display the original Charter in the courthouse.

Alzheimer’s Awareness


The Morgan County Commission proclaimed and signed a resolution that June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month after hearing the presentation by Ce Nichols, Regional Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Nichols said she got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association after her grandmother passed away from the disease.

June 21 is Alzheimer’s Day -- the longest day of the year - - and events are held to symbolize those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Nichols said there is also a walk-a-thon fundraising event in Martinsburg on September 23 called “Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Eastern Panhandle.”

The association states that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with more than five million deaths in America, including more than 37,000 West Virginians.

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