By Adam Pack
The Greenbrier County Commission met briefly on Tuesday, Feb. 8, to open bids for 6.23 miles of construction on the Phase 2 portion of the Meadow River Rail Trail. This portion of the trail is located nearest to Rainelle and is under the care of the WV DOH. After opening, the bids revealed that the lowest bid was placed by T. White Construction of White Sulphur Springs at $680,664.55. All the bids, of which there were four, will be reviewed by the Meadow River Rail Trail Committee, and their decision will be sent back to the County Commission for approval at their next meeting.
The Commission also considered the signing of a letter of support for the request for a grant from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority by the head of the Bluefield Economic Development Authority. The request would provide funds from a federal jobs initiative which would train Southern West Virginians to install broadband and fiber optic systems. This initiative synchronizes well with recent initiatives to expand broadband access here in Greenbrier County, and the motion to approve the letter of support was passed unanimously by the Commission.