PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Commission will apply for a state grant for repairs to the courthouse roof.
The commission unanimously approved the request for $ 100,000 through the West Virginia Courthouse Facility Improvement Grant.
Wood County Administrator Marty Seufer said the grant would cover repairs and maintenance of the courthouse roof, including repair and replacement of up to 100 terra cotta tiles on roof, replacing the rubber coating around the skylight and coating all metal surfaces of the roof to prevent rust from weathering.
In addition, the project to repair the floor of the assessors’ offices in the Judge Black Annex was tendered. The floor had tilted because of the heavy equipment in the office.
Seufer updated the commission on the tower bell project to repair and rebuild the housing holding the bell in the courthouse spire.
Chime Master of Lancaster, Ohio, received the $ 41,000 project earlier this month. The project is funded by a state grant for courthouse facilities.
The company removed all the hardware from the bell housing and took 3D images to be able to reproduce them, he said. The company will fabricate the parts and cast new A-frames. The bid’s new equipment will allow officials to ring the bell from a lower level in the courthouse, as opposed to someone walking up the tower to knock the bell secured with a mallet.
In the remaining cases, the committee discussed work to be done at the former Suddenlink Center, at the intersection of US 50 and I-77. Officials discussed how the heating and cooling system could be financed with American Recovery Act funds.
Lawyers for Lewis Glasser of Charleston reviewing American Recovery Act requests for county commission create template checklist to review funding requests to see if they qualify by law to distribute funds so as to better examine funding requests, Commission said President Blair Couch.
“We want to make sure we’re in compliance, so in 5-10 years, if we’re audited, we’ll be able to show it was appropriate.” he said.
The commission discussed an abandoned and dilapidated property at 15 Rising Sun Ridge, Parkersburg. Wood County Compliance Officer Sarah Robinson showed photos of the property with debris and litter around the property.
Efforts have been underway to try to have the property cleaned since January.
The owners said they would allow a person to move onto the property with the understanding that the person would eventually buy the property, including a residence. Commissioners believe they were exploited because the person brought a number of vehicles, trailers and other items.
The owners tried to get the individual off the property, owner Gerald Wilson said, adding the person was a nuisance to neighbors.
Wilson said there was a lot of vandalism there.
Wilson and his wife go to court to have the individual deported and take his belongings with him.
The Wilson’s said they wanted the person to be gone before they tried to clean up the property. The commission allowed time to accomplish this, then brought the Wilsons back to discuss cleanup options, including possibly setting up a lien on the property to pay for the cleanup.
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