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Rotary Gets Update on Shiben Buildings

By Staff | Sep 9, 2020

Larry Lemons speaks to Rotary.

The New Martinsville Rotary met at Quinets restaurant in New Martinsville on Wednesday, September 2, for their regular scheduled meeting. Wednesday’s meeting was under the direction of Rotarian John J. Mensore, who presented quest speaker Larry Lemon President of the Wetzel County Comission.

Mensore a member of the Shiben family who owned several buildings in the downtown area, had talks with the county commission in the past over their need for more space to better provide county officials with better and safer facilities.

Seeing the need of the county Mensore relayed the idea of donating to the county three very nice large buildings and valuable property in the heart of the downtown area of the county seat. The county commissioners accepted the offer and began making plans for renovations to suit the needs of several of the county offices, including the Magistrates.

Lemon expressed his appreciation to the Shiben family at the Rotary meeting and had Mensore give a brief talk about the history of the Shiben buildings and property. According to Lemon the donation saved the county nearly six million dollars if they were to try and build structures of that size.

Lemon then gave some details as to the counties plans for the proposed 3.5 million dollar renovation project. Lemon said the front of the five story building will have a complete new look, while the inside of the buildings will be divided into office space, court rooms, family court and magistrate with the possiblility of moving several other offices or even renting space. According to Lemon the county would be saving money as well as they will no longer need to pay rent and there is a possibility they could even be renting out space to others.

Much of the extra space will be used for storage as they are currently overflowed at the courthouse. Lemon said it will be a project that could also have an impact on new businesses who may want to locate to the area. He said it could turnout to be huge for New Martinsville and again thanked Mensore and the Shiben family.