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County Commissioners Discuss City Buildings

By Staff | May 3, 2017

The Tyler County Commissioners met on Wednesday April 26 where they discussed the purchasing of buildings within city limits that would accommodate some of the county employees. The commissioners feel that several of the buildings are becoming too much of a safety hazard and so there will be some switching around of offices. The two main buildings in question are the Sheriff’s Department, and Prosecuting Attorney’s office, both of which are very old buildings. “We’ve been doing the best with what we’ve had for a very long time and the buildings are now starting to become not just unsightly, but potentially public safety hazards”, stated Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee. There are two buildings of interest within city limits that were mentioned and so the commissioners will offer bids on them that are within fair market value of the property.

Josh Fulks of the 911 center told the commissioners that they have purchased a riding mower for the grounds. He also told the commissioners that it was brought to his attention that the Sistersville Fire EMS is offering a paid service of thirty dollars a year for taking emergency calls. Fulks explained, “I just want this to be put on the record that if you call 911, you will get the closest appropriate ambulance to you in the county…it is 911 protocol.”

James Swiger of WYK Architects told commissioners that they are ready to go on the window replacements of the courthouse along with restoring the front and back doors. There is a vestibule that will be worked on as well, and the security system will be installed.

The project must be advertised at least two consecutive weeks. There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting with contractors so that they can inspect the building. The meeting will be held May 18 and bids will be due by June 1stby 2:00 pm. The project should take an estimated 135 days to complete from the notice to proceed. Every day after, that it is not complete, the company will be charged 250 dollars per day. There will be a 10 percent contingency included in the bid.

The commissioners talked about the upcoming seat that will be available on the Tyler County Commission. Any candidates need to be of the same political party as the office holder vacating the office. They must also be from the North or Central districts. The remaining commissioners will be in charged of appointing the next commissioner to fill the vacant seat. If they cannot come to an agreement within 30 days, county executive committee shall select someone to fill the seat. Anyone with questions can contact the the courthouse.

Cathy Post of the American Legion Post 48 read a letter to the commissioners stating, Since 1937 more than one million politically savvy young women have attended American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State…Girls state has produced more accomplished women than any other citizenship training in this country.

West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State will be held June 11-16 at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling WV, Young ladies must have completed their junior year of high school, show leadership, have a good academic record, and present good moral character, dependability, and community participation.

They will experience a chance to live in a self-governing community that not only instills patriotism, pride and loyalty to America but provides it’s citizens the opportunity to know the duties, privileges, rights and responsibility in private and public life of a democracy that depends on an informed citizenship as well as elected officials at all levels of government. They will campaign and elect all city, county, and state offices, practicing for tomorrow’s leaders.

American Legion Auxiliary Tyler County Unit 48, being a new unit, is sending it’s candidates for the time at the cost of a $200 enrollment fee for each girl. We are asking for your help in donating to this great cause. Please send checks to 308 Main St., Middlebourne, WV, 26149.

Roger Post, also of the American Legion Post 48 told commissioners that he would like to purchase flags and markers for all cemeteries and graveyards from Middlebourne Cemetery to the bordering county lines. That is an estimated 700 comrades. They will start placing the markers and flags around mid May. The markers will stay at he grave sites but flags, per National American Legion protocol, will be taken down three days after memorial day to be stored for the following years.

The commissioners agreed to donate 600 dollars to Girls State and 1,000 to the American Legion for decorating cemeteries.

The next scheduled commission meeting is set for May 10 at 9 am located at the courthouse in Middlebourne.