County Taking Bids for Public Safety Building

The Marshall County Commission is gearing up for the second phase of the renovation of the new Public Safety Building between Seventh and Eighth streets.

The commission opened three bids Tuesday to construct a new building to attach to the former Jozabeth’s clothing store.

The bids received included Nello Construction Company of Canonsburg, Pa., for $7,037,000; Walters Construction Inc. of Wheeling for $7,327,000; and Lombardi Development of Follansbee for $7,150,000.

County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said the second phase of the project will include renovating the building for offices, constructing a new parking area with fencing on the Eighth Street side of the property and adding an enclosed, secure entryway to the building.

The commission will vote on the winning bid at a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, after the project’s architect, Silling Associates Inc., has an opportunity to review the bids.

Frohnapfel said a start date for construction hasn’t been set.

“We haven’t awarded the bid yet, so setting a date will be in that process,” Frohnapfel said.

The commission purchased the Jozabeth building property for $846,000 after the store closed.

The new building will house the sheriff’s department, office of emergency management and the 911 center.

The project’s third phase will involve tearing down the existing sheriff’s building with hopes to finish the project by the end of next year.