Marshall EMS Garage Bids Awarded

Photo by Alan Olson Glenn Savage, with Howard Coffield seated behind, reviews bids for a garage for Marshall County EMS vehicles.

A $461,000 bid to build a garage for Cameron-area first responders was accepted in a special session of the Marshall County Commission.

Four bids for the work were submitted Tuesday, with the low bid of $461,000 submitted by Shinnston-based Lee Reger Builds Inc. Glenn Savage — who was representing Charleston-based Silling Architects, which was assisting the commission — met with Howard Coffield, Marshall County Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds, for about 20 minutes behind closed doors to discuss the bids.

Savage had told the commissioners Tuesday he would need a day or two to review the specifications of the bid submitted by Lee Reger Builds. He also requested a subcontractor listing from the representative who appeared at the meeting.

“461,000 is low, and (there is) $64,000 between the lowest and second bidder,” he said. “We, at Silling, don’t have experience with this contractor, so rather than make an immediate decision, we’d like to take a day or so and research our references.”

Other bids submitted were $525,000 by Lombardi Development Co. Inc.; $579,000 by Grae-Con Construction; and $571,000 by Jarvis, Downing & Emch.

The commissioners met in the brief meeting at noon Thursday to accept the bid.

“They’ve been very responsive, their references have been good,” said county administrator Betsy Frohnapfel at the Thursday meeting.

Marshall County Director of Emergency Management Tom Hart said the garage would house the two ambulances kept on site at the station, as well as housing the first responders’ equipment.

In other business, Marshall County Chief Deputy Bill Helms said that no local businesses answered ads seeking bids to replace three police vehicles. The commission instead moved forward permitting the Sheriff’s Office to seek to purchase the vehicles through the statewide contracts, through the West Virginia Purchasing Division.

“I think the state bid might be the way to go,” Helms said. “We at the police buy everything else on state bid, and we’re having a hard time getting these cars, not including the expense of the advertisements.”

Helms also said police cruisers suffer heavy wear and tear making in Marshall County, and that by replacing vehicles regularly, the county is avoiding costly maintenance.

“There are so many miles and hours on them, it becomes cost-prohibitive to keep working on them, plus it becomes unsafe after a while,” he said. “It’s nothing for a guy on patrol to put 100 miles on a car. One trip to Cameron and back you’ve got 25, 30 miles. This is a huge cash save for the taxpayers.”

Additionally, Marshall County EMS Ground Team Manager Steve Jenkins expressed his gratitude for the coordination of first response efforts to an incident Sept. 6, when 37 band students were hospitalized after falling ill because of the high heat and humidity.

“We had such a great response from all local departments, throughout Marshall, Ohio and Belmont counties,” Jenkins said. “We had great help from the Office of Emergency Management and 911, too. They were down there right away. Everyone was transported who needed transport in a timely and effective manner. Couldn’t have asked for a better response to the situation. The system worked.”

Commissioner Bob Miller thanked the first responders as well for their constant updates on the situation and their prompt response.

“It could have been a disastrous situation,” Miller said.

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