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Brooke County Commission Selects Contractor for Courthouse Work

Photo by Warren Scott – The Brooke County Commission Tuesday selected a contractor to install a new heating ventilation and air conditioning system for the county courthouse.

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Commission Tuesday selected the lowest of three bidders to install a new heating ventilation and air conditioning system for the county courthouse.

The commissioners chose Schenerlein & Sligar of Steubenville, which submitted a bid of $874,320 for the project after opening three bids at a special meeting last week.

Also submitting bids were Huckestein Mechanical of Pittsburgh, whose bid was $897,000, and Casto Technical Services of Charleston, whose bid was $969,000.

The project will be funded in part by a $100,000 state Courthouse Facilities Improvement grant secured by County Commissioner Stacey Wise, who said the work will begin as soon as possible.

Wise said the commission was granted an extension on the grant after bidding from available contractors was delayed by the pandemic.

The commission also heard from attorney Michael Gaudio, who asked commissioners to close Westview Boulevard near Archer Hill Road.

He said the street exists only on maps.

Gaudio said owners of abutting properties have signed the petition to indicate their support.

Wise questioned whether property owners would want to assume responsibility for any slips that may occur there.

Gaudio said the “road’s” ownership is another matter to be resolved.

The commission agreed to accept public comment on the closing at its next regular meeting, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday instead of Tuesday, when the courthouse will be closed for the general election.

County Clerk Kim Barbetta noted Saturday is the last day of early voting for registered voters who don’t plan to vote on Tuesday.

Early voting will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until Saturday.

In other business, commissioners adjusted their budget to reflect the receipt of about $388,109 through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Act.

Wise said the money will be applied to improvements to the county’s emergency 911 center and related equipment.

“We decided to use it that way because it would benefit everyone in Brooke County,” she said.

Interim Sheriff Scott Adams said that two deputies are no longer employed by his department.

The two had been hired to serve as resource officers for Brooke County Schools, but the school board has chosen to seek retired officers to serve in that capacity following a breakdown in negotiations between it and the commission. Adams said both deputies have been offered temporary positions with the Wellsburg Police Department.

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