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Bids Received for Council Chamber Remodel Project

October 1, 2012
By IAN HICKS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

For the second straight time on Tuesday, Wheeling City Council will meet in City Manager Robert Herron's conference room - but city leaders are one step closer to being able to move into a more permanent home.

Council members are set to meet at noon Tuesday. City Clerk Janice Jones said the meeting time conflicted with a court hearing scheduled in the second-floor courtroom, which has been council's primary meeting place since March, when the sheriff's tax office moved into the former council chambers to make way for the new council chambers on the ground floor.

During Tuesday's meeting, council members will hear first reading of a $93,883 contract with John Russell Construction of Steubenville to complete the renovation of the former tax office, and a final vote on the measure is likely to take place Oct. 16.

The city received three other bids, from Waller Corp. of Wheeling at $104,300; Walters Construction of Wheeling at $105,500; and JD&E of Wheeling at $118,800.

Herron previously said the new space, located near the building's main entrance, should provide easier access for residents to attend meetings, as well as allow county officials to close the building's upper floors in the evenings.

Also up for first reading Tuesday is legislation transferring a vacant, city-owned lot at 2124 Main St. to the Ohio Valley Area Development Corp., which is the city's development arm, for the purposes of conveying the property to the Fadoul family, owners of the Lebanon Bakery next door. The restaurateurs plan to use the space to build a garden and outdoor seating area.

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Wheeling City Council will meet at noon Tuesday in the city manager's conference room at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.

Items up for a vote Tuesday include:

- An ordinance to spend $19,985 with Erb Electric of Bridgeport for amp service at the city's vehicle maintenance garage;

- An ordinance to spend $29,935 with Graybar of Wheeling for 20 light fixtures at Tunnel Green;

- A resolution extending a lease with Artworks Around Town at Wheeling's Centre Market;

- A resolution approving payment of contractors Edgco Inc. and Wayne Crouse Inc., in the amounts of $25,412 and $81,664, respectively, for work on the city's ongoing wastewater treatment plant improvement project; and

- A resolution identifying 2213-2215 Market St. as a redevelopment area, as requested by J.T. Porter of Pasta Express. The designation was recommended by the city's Development Committee during its meeting on Wednesday.

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