Plans for the Marshall County Public Service Building were outlined to members of the Moundsville Lions Club on Tuesday by Marshall County Commissioner Brian Schambach.
The actual start of renovation of the structure, formerly the Jozabeth Building, has yet to be announced, Schambach said.
Once the renovation has been completed the building will be occupied by the sheriff's department law enforcement personnel, the 911 dispatch and the office of Emergency Management.
Schambach said Sheriff Kevin Cecil, 911 Director Larry Newell and OEM director Tom Hart have all spoken with a representative of Silling and Associates of Charleston, the architectural firm on the project.
The building renovation is Phase I of a total project which will include the demolition of two houses and the former jail building.
Schambach explained the original plan was to build an annex on the north lawn of the courthouse to house the agencies. However, when the owners of Jozabeth's decided to retire, they offered their building and additional property - a total of eight lots - to the county commission and once the transaction went through the courthouse annex plan was dropped.
Schambach said in addition to a building for the three agencies, a number of off-street parking spaces will also be created to serve county vehicles which currently park on Sixth Street. Of course, the parking will also be for individuals doing business at the courthouse across the street.
Schambach also stated that the commissioners have plans to continue beatification of the courthouse lawn by installing a new water fountain and other improvements near Sixth Street and Tomlinson Avenue.
As far as money, Schambach said it is expected the purchase of the Jozabeth Building, along with the remodeling, will be at less cost than had the county built a new structure, and with more space.
Schambach stated that the commissioners five years ago started earmarking funds for such an undertaking and this money, along with other monies available to the county, should mean the county should not have to borrow money for this undertaking.
The route of the annual Marshall County Christmas Parade is changing.
The parade will begin at Eighth Street and Jefferson Avenue and go northward on Jefferson to Second Street, east on Second to Washington Avenue where it will disband.
This past year the parade route was the opposite direction.
By the way, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23.
Two major factors in changing the route were that all the entrants can be lined up on Jefferson Avenue south of Eighth Street to 11th Street without using any side streets, and with the video of the parade done in front of the Chamber of Commerce office, which is a block north of the new starting point, there will not be any lapse in the parade lineup.
Last year's parade participants have received applications to appear in this year's event. Those interested in participating this year and who have yet to secure the necessary paperwork are being asked to call the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce at 304-845-2773.
Again this year, professionally built floats of all types will be available for rental. To learn about float rentals go to www.creativefloats.com.
This year's parade theme is, "Christmas Wishes."
There will be an Electronics Recycling Day in Cameron from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the former Cameron High School. The event is being co-sponsored by Electronics Recycling Services of Bellaire and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority. It is free to the public.
The annual Fall Clean-Up will be the following day. It will be held during the same hours and at the same location, with dumpsters available to dispose of unwanted items.
The office of state Treasurer John Perdue will hold a property search clinic from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday in the commissioners' room at the Marshall County Courthouse.
The clinic will help residents search for any unclaimed property or money which they might be entitled to, but are unaware that for one reason or another the property/money has ended up in the treasurer's office.
Had a couple of dates penciled on my calendar for this month but the St. Louis Cardinals took care of them by defeating the Pirates in a five-game series.
I did attend the one of the two postseason games in Pittsburgh, the one in which the Pirates were victorious.
Bill Bryson was able to purchase 50 tickets to that game, with the seats being in the World Series 71 Suite.
I have passed this suite on my way to the adjacent Pittsburgh Baseball Club area, but had never inquired about these seats. Well, it so happens the public can purchase a suite. Ours had 30 seats outside and 17 seats in the air conditioned inside area.
It was a great venue to watch a game!
Since everyone in our group was excited about being in a suite, Bryson arranged to obtain tickets for one game of the current National League playoffs in the event the Pirates made it that far, and also tickets for a World Series game.
Speaking of next year, Bryson tells me that the 2014 Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel Baseball trip schedules should be forthcoming within a week.