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Commission OKs Courthouse Grant For New Upgrades

By Staff | Dec 8, 2015

The Tyler County Commission officially approved a state grant Tuesday that will make the county’s courthouse a little bit safer.

The county recently received up to a $20,000 state grant to assist paying for a a new fire alarm system for the courthouse. The county has to come up with a 20 percent match $4,000 to capture this grant that was awarded by the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority.

The courthouse relies on older equipment to alert folks inside of any fire.

“This grant will help provide a fire alarm system that is going to make us a little bit safer,” said Commission President Eric Vincent.

And the good news keeps on coming because the commission has made plans for painting and repairing the circuit courtroom at the beginning of next year. The courtroom was last painted about 45 years ago. New carpet and curtains, plaster work are also included in the plans to spruce up the courtroom.

In other news, the commission briefly discussed a proposal Blue Mountain Inc., of Burton, to do aerial mapping for the county Assessor’s office, 911 Dispatch and the county’s Office of Emergency Management. No decision was made.