Jozabeth’s Razing Set for Next Week

Raze International should begin its $131,900 demolition project next week as part of the Marshall County Commission’s plans for a new public safety center at the former Jozabeth’s clothing store in Moundsville.

During a meeting of the commission Tuesday, County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel told commissioners Don Mason and Bob Miller that Raze hopes to tear down two nearby houses and remove some inside portions of the Jozabeth’s structure by May 9, although the company has more time if it needs it.

The Jozabeth’s property is situated between Seventh and Eighth streets in Moundsville, across from the county courthouse. Frohnapfel said when renovations at the former clothing store are complete, the new building will house the county 911 center, sheriff’s department and emergency management agency.

Also Tuesday, Mason and Miller approved granting Public Service District 4 $10,000 to use toward the purchase of a new truck. Previously, PSD 4 board member Jim Thomas told commissioners his district was down to using its Ford F650 to check water meters, but he said that vehicle only gets 6 miles to the gallon of gasoline.

“The extensive size of the district puts extra wear and tear on the vehicles,” Miller said of the district that provides water service to a large portion of eastern and southern Marshall County.

Frohnapfel said the Public Service Commission of West Virginia must approve the plan for commissioners to give this $10,000 to PSD 4.

Commissioners also approved a revision to increase to the current year’s budget by $159,101.

The revision form shows this money will be used for law enforcement and emergency services, among other purposes.

Commissioner Brian Schambach missed the meeting as he recovers from an injury.

The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the county courthouse on Seventh Street in Moundsville.