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Commission Adds $11,700 To Roof Budget

By Staff | Mar 30, 2011

Though the Wetzel County Commission already committed to spending $57,800 for a new roof on the Old Jail Annex Building, Tom Gordon of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. of Wheeling told commissioners they need to spend more.

At their meeting held March 22, President Donald Mason and Vice President Robert Gorby–with Commissioner Scott Lemley absent–approved an extra $11,700 for asbestos abatement after Gordon informed them tests indicated the presence of asbestos in the build-up roof felts.

“I was a little surprised, but not entirely taken aback that there was asbestos,” Gordon said, noting the unusual place to find the outdated fireproofing material.

He said usually asbestos are found in the flashings, or weatherproofing sheet metal, rather than the felts.

Mason asked for a time frame and Gordon said the job would start “as soon as possible,” indicating a queue of previously scheduled jobs and limited asbestos-certified personnel within the company.

Gordon added that one lengthy task for his company would be for Safety Director Jeremy Dvorcek to draft a state required “Job-Specific Hazard Analysis” before abatement proceeds.

In other business, Mason and Gorby appointed Deanna Jones of New Martinsville to represent Wetzel County on the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board. She will replace Dr. Neill Marshall, who is leaving the board for work-related time restraints.

The NPWIB is made up of five board members from each of Wetzel, Tyler, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties and the cities of Wheeling and Weirton.

It is funded by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to serve local employers, unemployed, dislocated and underemployed workers and local youth with work solutions.