County Commissioners Plan to Replace Waterlines

WHEELING – Ohio County commissioners Tuesday approved the spending of more than $550,000 to replace waterlines in the area of Stone and Shannon and Cherry Hill roads.

The line replacement consists of two separate projects, according to County Administrator Greg Stewart.

The Stone and Shannon Road waterline replacement is expected to cost about $327,000, while the Cherry Hill Road work comes with a price of about $98,000.

After costs for engineering, easements, permits and legal work are added, the combined projects are expected to cost $552,500 total, Stewart said.

State Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio, appeared at the commission meeting to present Governor’s Community Participation Grants to three local agencies.

Those receiving the awards were the August Levy Learning Center, for $2,000; Wellspring Family Services, for $4,000; and Youth Services Systems, for $5,000.

Commissioners approved a liquor license request for Sokolin, a wine wholesaler with an office in West Liberty University’s Highland’s Center at The Highlands.

The business plans to offer wine tasting events at the location, according to Stewart. A similar request was granted to the Quaker State and Lube restaurant for its bike and truck night events at The Highlands.

Commissioners voted to award hotel/motel tax grants to the Veterans Day 10K race in Wheeling for $5,000; the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fybrosis Foundation, $1,000; and the Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival, $1,000.

As the May 13 primary election approaches, Stewart said the last day to register to vote or make changes to a registration in all West Virginia counties is April 22, and a public testing of voting machines in Ohio County is slated for April 23. Early voting for the election begins April 30 and ends May 10.

The commissioners are next slated to meet at 6 p.m. on April 28.