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Courthouse Cleaning Bid Accepted

By Staff | Apr 6, 2011

The low bid of $107,900 for masonry repairs and cleaning of the exterior of the Wetzel County Courthouse was accepted by Wetzel County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday.

General Preservation Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, submitted the winning bid for the courthouse work. The bid was more than $13,000 less than the only other bid from a Maryland company. Commissioner Scott Lemley stressed the urgency of approving the bid because of time constraints related to grant funding, which is set to expire the end of June. Work on the project will start as soon as the company can.

Commissioners also passed a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Awareness Month in the county.

Child Abuse Awareness Day is April 29. A Child Abuse Awareness flag will be flown at the courthouse during the remainder of the month, and pinwheels will also be placed to draw attention to the cause.

Mathew Blake of Swiss Valley Associates, an engineering firm, addressed commissioners regarding proposed upgrades to the courthouse.

He said renovations to outdoor steps and new handrails planned for the lower level of the building would reduce the width of the stairway.

And Cannon Wadsworth of Global Science & Technology Inc. also gave a presentation, explaining his firm’s capabilities to provide computer support to the courthouse and the county.