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Moundsville Awards Demolition Bids

Photo Provided – Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy reads bids from Reclaim Co. for demolition work in the city.

MOUNDSVILLE – Moundsville awarded more than $100,000 in contracts for demolition work, the lion’s share of which will lay the foundation for a new city building in the works.

Council unanimously voted to award the contracts for two sets of demolition work to Reclaim Co., which was the only company to submit bids for the projects. $60,605 will be taken from the city’s capital expenditure account to demolish lots at 515 and 508 Jefferson Avenue, where the city is eyeing a new municipal building.

Another contract for $40,745 was awarded to demolish two properties at 1813 Second Street and 1002-1004 Sixth Street, both of which were destroyed by fire in recent months.

City Manager Rick Healy said the city would meet with McKinley Architecture and Engineering and Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. on Dec. 1 in order to go over tentative plans for the new city building, with the meeting to take place in a city manager’s workshop an hour before the 7 p.m. council meeting. However, Healy said the ability to meet in person with the architects might affect scheduling.

Healy said the city last met with the firms on Nov. 12, where two proposed layouts were unveiled, which will be presented for the council’s consideration and approval.

“Due to the preparation of the additional layouts, there are no complete exterior designs, as of now,” Healy said. “That workshop is tentative, and will depend on whether or not we’ll be able to be in person. I don’t think, at this point, that that’s going to happen; the architect expressed concern that they could do (a presentation) much better in person, but that may not be feasible. At this point, it’s set for Dec. 1, so we’ll take that a little at a time.”

In other matters, Healy also announced that the city had received another reimbursement from the governor’s office for October through the CARES Act funding, coming to $142,604.95, bringing the total reimbursement amount to $1,100,879.30. In addition, the city received $1,534.92 from DataMax, which works to locate and reimburse the city for business and occupation taxes that had previously gone uncollected.

The city also welcomed new municipal firefighters Brittany DaGrava and Howard “Lee” Henry III, who were sworn in the previous week. The addition of these two new firefighters brings the city’s fire department roster back to full ranks.

The city also reminded those in attendance of the Zoom call that today is Support Local Restaurants day, an initiative by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce to boost the struggling restaurant industry, which had been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting indoor seating in addition to widespread restrictions on businesses in general.

“I would ask that residents continue to patronize local establishments, shops and restaurants, especially as we move into the shopping season for Christmas,” Healy added. “They all continue to struggle from the effects of COVID, and they all need our help as much as possible.”

Also, the city building will be closed to the public until further notice beginning today. City employees will continue to report to work as usual, but access by the public is not permitted for health reasons. Drop boxes will be on the building to deliver payments. Payments may also be made online at cityofmoundsville.com, where building and burn permits may also be obtained. Those with questions may call the city clerk’s office at 304-845-3394.

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