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Shelter To Get Updated

By Staff | Aug 10, 2016

The Wetzel County Animal Shelter has some much-needed improvements in its future.

At the Wetzel County Commission meeting, held Tuesday, Aug. 2, it was announced that bids have been received for the animal shelter project and the winning bid was from J L Klug Excavating. The $134,411.84 bid includes a 16 x 100 feet, 18 cage, indoor kennel. Klug also won the bid to build a 12 x 22 feet office section for $36,901.56.

The developments come after the commission, and Rosy Cozart of the county’s animal shelter, had previously discussed the needed upgrades. At a February 2016 commission meeting, Cozart had requested additional indoor kennels, which would be helpful on cold winter nights when dogs are brought inside the shelter.

In another matter, New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Director Bev Gibb thanked the commission meeting for its monetary contribution toward the Lewis-Wetzel Pool. With a collaborative effort amongst the parks and recreation, commission, and several other volunteers, the Lewis-Wetzel Pool was able to be renovated and opened for the summer.

“You three gentlemen believed in me and our department when others didn’t. You were willing to back us on this pool project, and now it’s a reality,” Gibb said.

In other matters, it was noted that Jeffrey-Frank Jarrell of Wileyville has entered his name to the race for sheriff. Frank Jarrell is a member of the Constitution Party.

Mike Koontz, current Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy, won the Democratic vote in the May 10 primary election.