By Sarah Richardson
The Greenbrier County Commission met Tuesday, June 8, to open bids for the addition and renovation of the Greenbrier County Courthouse, and sign an elder abuse awareness proclamation and WV Interactive Service Agreement.
The Commission received two bids for the courthouse project, one from Paramount Builders of Saint Albans with a base bid of $15,114,000, and another from SQP Construction Group of Saint Albans with a bid of $12,649,950. The extensive project includes the renovation of the existing courthouse building, as well as the construction of an addition. The recent demolition of the old jailhouse and the move of the historic Sears house were both completed in recent months to accommodate the new expansion.
“These bids will be brought to our engineer and architect,” said Commissioner Tammy Shifflett-Tincher. “All information will be reviewed by them. We intend to award bids at our next county commission meeting on June 22 to determine the award and make sure that everything is compliant.”
In other news:
- The Commission signed a proclamation stating in part, “We are all responsible for building safer cities for Greenbrier County, West Virginia, whereas the well-being of Greenbrier County Seniors is in the interest of all, whereas the Greenbrier County Elder Abuse Awareness Committee will recognize June 15, 2021 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.”
The Commission made a motion to approve the proclamation, and “encourage all residents to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of West Virginia seniors on this day.”
- The Commission approved a CDBG Mitigation Application for Rainelle to Charmco, which will help fund the water line expansion project that is ongoing in that region.
“This section of water line is part of the water line extension project, the next phase from Charmco to Sam Black and Alta and Asbury project,” explained Commissioner Lowell Rose. “This particular funding is for the Charmco to Rainelle section of that project. It’s an extra grant that we were able to apply to that.”
- A Community Corrections Grant acceptance and resolution in the amount of $260,000 was approved by the commission. “This is the Community Corrections Grant that the Day Report Center applies for to be able to fund the program, and they have been awarded that $260,000,” said Commissioner Tincher.
“The County Commission is basically the pass-through for the grant,” added Commissioner Rose.
- A WV Interactive Service Agreement was approved by the commission, which is needed for the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Tax Office to sell vehicle registrations. This interactive service through the state is needed in order for them to do so.
- The Commission approved the new hire of a 911 telecommunicator to fill a vacancy.