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Marshall Memo: New County Health Department Project Moving Forward

The Marshall County Commission at a meeting this past Thursday voted to raze both the current Health Department building and the former Journal building and replace them with a new Health Department headquarters.

This action by the commissioners was the first step in the construction phase of the health department.

It was pointed out that by informing representatives of the Silling Architectural firm at this time that the commissioners prefer razing both buildings, it would help in special planning such as ADA regulations and building codes.

The two buildings are side-by-side, in fact, the north end of Journal building and the south end of the current Health Department are within 6 inches of one another.

Also, the commissioners on Thursday voted to purchase the vacant Pozell Construction building at 6 Tomlinson Ave. in Moundsville. In addition to the building three additional parcels of land will be included. The total price for the property is $730,000.

Once some repairs to the building are completed the new occupant of the Pozell building will be the county’s EMS. The adjoining vacant parcels will be used for maintenance and a potential long term storage area by the county.

Yet another large expenditure, that in the amount of $670,000, was approved by the commissioners on Thursday. That being in the form of a resolution of participation and commitment of matching for a WV GIG Ready grant.

The Regional Economic Development Partnership will be responsible for submitting the applicants from the counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel.

The Marshall County application consists of 44.5 miles of fiber to serve approximately 1,156 households.

Jan. 30th is the deadline for submitting the grant request.

Another matter addressed by the commission was the hiring of Bill Wilson as a county security officer. His starting date is Jan. 31.

Some eight months ago when David Bougher stopped by the Moundsville Recycling Center he wasn’t looking for a job, but apparently he asked enough questions about the operation of the Center that a person informed him the city was looking for someone to assume such a position and that individual handed him application.

Bougher already had a job, in the medical field, but since the recycling center was a Saturday job he decided to give it a chance.

Of course, once he took over the position of recycling coordinator, he found out that there are other duties besides just collecting items for recycling.

It just so happened this past week that Bougher was the speaker at the Moundsville Lions Club where 20 individuals had the opportunity to learn about the center’s operation.

Currently the only items accepted are clean and dry paper/cardboard.

Its operation during the winter hours is Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and during the summer hours of operations being 8 a.m. until noon.

The MRC is located at 3 Brown St., the same site as the city’s Sanitation Department.

In case you would like to know what the Center accepts on a weekly basis, the following will let you know.

Envelopes (plastic inserts removed).

Office Paper (All Colors).

Card Stock.

Junk Mail (No Plastics).

Greeting Cards.

Manila File Folders (No Hanging Folders).

Newspapers and inserts.

Brochures.

Magazines.

Catalogs.

Paperback Books.

Phone Books.

Corrugated Cardboard Boxes.

Poster Board.

Frozen Food Boxes.

Cereal/Pasta/Other Food Boxes without the plastic inserts.

One item that Bougher asks that individuals do not put in bags is pizza boxes.

He also asks that persons dropping off bags should not tie them as he and volunteers have to go through all bags left there, and by not having to untie them cuts down on time.

Bougher said he is very pleased that a number of individuals volunteer on a weekly basis to help with the sorting.

Bougher said a year ago the Center received funding from a state agency which has helped with getting the operation started and within a few months an application will be made with a state agency for money which would enable the Center to accept glassware.

Of course, the city of Moundsville has earmarked money toward the recycling effort.

Bougher invited members of the Lions Club to visit the Center on Saturdays, should they have questions, this same invitation going to residents.

Also, he stated that should anyone having questions go to bougher51d@gmail.com or call 304-845-3511 and leave a message and he will get back to them.

The Cameron Blue & Gold Christian Center News arrived this past week, and since this is winter time it is published every two months rather than monthly. By the way, this was Issue No. 25.

Among items listed in the most recent publication:

The new Cameron Library continues to have good attendance and has had preschool story time several times since its opening. The staff has heard very nice comments and are very excited to be able to offer a more convenient location for everyone to enjoy.

The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There are eight programs at the Christian Center on a weekly basis, not including the serving of food at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

A Youth Activity program titled, “New Beginning” is schedule to take place at 4 p.m. this Sunday in Fellowship Fall at the Cameron First Christian Church.

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