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Bridge Needs To Be Demolished

July 8, 2013

Over the past decade or so, everything from taxpayer dollars to a reality television show have been pitched as a way to rid the area of the old Bellaire Toll Bridge....

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Jul-08-13 11:44 PM

I see no problem with the bond aside of the fact that It needs to go to a trusted entity such as a judge that knows nobody involved. On another note if you really want that bridge down offer it to movie companies to blow up if they agree to pay for the clean up. Have the WV film commission contact them. I bet it will be gone fast and free. of course that wouldn't serve Benwoods purpose to pocket a bunch of money from it.

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Jul-08-13 9:55 AM

A slow day in the press room?

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Jul-08-13 6:27 AM

Bottom line-a performance bond cannot be obtained because of a combination of past performance by the contractor AND the antics of Horsemeat and Company.

I have never in my life heard of a town insisting on a $500,000 cash bond to be held in the name of the town and/or their lawyer. Ever. Supposedly, the money will guarantee that the work would be done by X date. HOWEVER, once the money is received, Horsemeat will throw up obstacle after obstacle and blame another agency or entity. Once the deadline is passed, Horsemeat and Company will keep the money.

All of this could have been solved with the well-timed delivery of a brown paper bag full of Benjamins.....

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Jul-08-13 1:58 AM

While a performance bond might be a reasonable request in this type of situation, Benwood's demand to have it handed over to them or be held by their attorney is not so reasonable, especially considering some of the antics that Longwell and the city of Benwood have been a part of, according to others who've posted comments after past news stories about this fiasco.

Given Longwell's reputation according to some, and given the fact that Benwood has thrown up roadblock after roadblock in this demolition, some reasonable, others not so much, I think Chaklos (sp?) is right to be cautious here! Hopefully the judge will come up with a plan to hold the funds in escrow and reasonable terms outlining when the funds would be given back to the owner after demolition or given to the city in part or in full if there are damages.

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