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Contract With Health Department Approved

By Staff | May 29, 2019

During its regular May 21 meeting, the Wetzel County Commission met with Kim Whiteman and Bev Gibb from the city of New Martinsville regarding a letter of collaboration for the Thomas Drug Store. Gibb acknowledged the city has struggled over the last several in trying to get the building demolished. She said it has had numerous owners with numerous leans placed upon it.

Each year, Gibb writes a litter control grant through the DEP for trash cans for our parks. They are trying to get all of the trash cans switched over to ones with lids. She said there’s also some money available for dilapidated buildings to demolish them. The money available is $5,000 which must be matched. Gibb stated some council people, the Mayor and Whiteman, have spoke to the commission about the possiblity of the county aiding the city in getting the building torn down. The grant has to be in by the end of this month so Gibb has offered to write the grant but it has to be submitted by the county. The commission asked Gibb to go ahead with the paperwork and get on the agenda for next week with more information on how to move forward.

In other matters , a motion was made to approve their contract with the Wetzel-Tyler Health Department for the contract for services in the amount of $40,000. Approval was granted for the re-appointment of Linda Ritz and John Brent Gamble to the Wetzel-Tyler Board of Health.

The commission accepted the estimate of Erb Electric to do the work at the 4-H Camp for Electrical Repairs in the amount of $21,950, along with the estimate from Bee Electric for furnace and air conditioning in the amount of $8,768, at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Also approved was an estimate of $3,000 for the survey of the Woods Property by Thrasher.

The commission approved a contribution of $2,500 to the new drug treatment program beginning June 1, sponsored by Judge Hummel.