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Commission Awards Courthouse Lighting Project

May 23, 2012
BY LAUREN RIGGS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

A bid was accepted by the Wetzel County Commission Tuesday morning regarding the courthouse lighting project.

John Figel and Jason Brake, representing Bee Electric, were present on Tuesday morning as Commission President Don Mason and Commissioner Scott Lemley reviewed the only submitted bid totaling $64,790. The bid was then accepted by the commission, upon engineer Dana Indermuhle of Swiss Valley Associate's recommendation.

Deborah Crouse and Ron Crouse then appeared before the commission to inform them about Centers for Independent Living and to request the commission's support in perhaps a center being created to provide assistance to the Wetzel County and surrounding community in the future. Crouse, a community organizer, actually serves Washington, Fayette, and Greene counties in Pennsylvania but says that there is "something about the northern panhandle that draws us to this part of the state." Twenty of West Virginia's 55 counties are currently served by a Center for Independent Living. These centers, which are non-profit organizations, are funded by state and federal funds. They provide "services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities."

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Commission President Mason told Crouse that Lemley, Gorby, and himself would all discuss the information at an upcoming meeting.

The review process is ongoing in the possible nonsurface oil and gas lease of 36.14 acres of land located at the 4-H grounds.

Keane Kohne of Stone Energy stood before the commission, Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught, and the Wetzel County Building Committee to address questions and concerns about the possible leasing of the land for $2,500 an acre, along with 15 percent royalty. He reported that a well site has not been determined yet.

There were concerns as to why royalties from a past lease agreement had not been received yet and consequently, whether or not the previous lease agreement was now void. J.B. Bridgeman of the Wetzel County Building Committee told Kohne that it was up to "your company, Stone Energy, to start performing. . . " Kohne reported that he did not not know the answers to these questions but would send an email once he was back to the office to the appropriate contact. Prosecutor Haught had concerns though as to whether or not the pipeline has connected to the well site just yet and reported that he would get into contact with Stone Energy regarding the royalties in question.

In other commission news, County Clerk Carol Haught received recognition from the commission regarding the exemplary performance of her duties on election night.



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