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Marshall Memo: Millions in Courthouse Repairs; Clean Up; and Housing Needs

The Marshall County Courthouse will undergo three major improvements within the next year, as the commissioners this past week approved a $6.7 million contract to SQP Construction Group Inc., of St. Albans, West Virginia. SQP stands for Safety, Quality and Performance.

This will be the first time in 46 years that the building has had a major improvement, the previous time being to add space on the east side of the building, and to install four large pillars on the front of the building.

The work to be undertaken will be that of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electricity, and security.

Commissioners during the past 10 years have been discussing this project, and monies have been reserved, especially during the past two years.

The commissioners decided to award the contract Tuesday, although only one bid was received.

They did have the bid examined by a representative from an architecture firm who informed the commissioners that the bid had met all standards prescribed.

There were several other issues which the commissioners addressed at their meeting, one being to have a firm provide an in-depth Countywide Housing Study and Needs Assessment (HSNA).

Of course, in order to select the firm sealed bids have to be received by the commissioners.

The bids must be received in the County Clerk’s Office by 9 a.m. on June 7, and on that same day, at 9:15 a.m., the bids will be opened at the County Commission meeting.

Complete bid documents may be obtained by calling the County Clerk’s Office at 304-845-0482, or via email at commission@marshallcountywv.org.

The scope of the work which the county commission seeks to provide an in-depth analysis of the current and future needs for affordable workforce, market-rate and other housing options of current and future households. The commissioners also seek to further identify quantifiable recommendations to bridge any gaps of current, short and long-term periods.

The HSNA will analyze current housing conditions, needs, and evidence-based and creative strategies across housing continuum both regulatory and non-regulatory to address the needs of Marshall County residents throughout Marshall County and the five municipalities.

The commissioners, who have no thoughts of being in the real estate business, will be providing data to the successful bidder.

Some of the information they are seeking include a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a housing study and needs assessment. They also will pass along numbers from the 2020 Census of the county, the overall median household income, population and median household income from each of the four cities, along with some of the housing issues which they think they are having.

Each of the cities will receive reports when the assessment is completed.

The commissioners also approved on behalf of the Relay for Life two proclamations dealing with the counties Relay for Life.

One of these being the Marshall County’s “Paint the Town Purple” Day, and the other being the Relay For Life event.

Paint the Town Purple Days throughout Marshall County is in effect now through June 17.

The days call attention to the Relay for Life event.

Citizens can participate by hanging purple banners, flags, ribbons, wreaths and use purple bulbs in porch lights.

The Relay for Life event will take place June 17 from 6 p.m. until 11:30 a.m., at the north parking lot at John Marshall High School. The proclamation shows support to those individuals living with cancer and honor those individuals that have lost their lives to cancer.

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Another matter addressed by the commission at the meeting was to authorize Amy Carmichael to publish the 2021 Delinquent Tax List which she stated is about the same size as in recent years.

Marshall County Spring Clean-up dumpsters will be available today/Saturday at the Benwood Industrial Park and at McMechen’s Old Football Field, both from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Marshall County residents are welcome to use either dumpster.

If you are near the former West Virginia Penitentiary today/Saturday you might want to go to the facility at the Moundsville Center where there are expected to be more than 50 individuals selling items.

The event is being sponsored by the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) Marketplace Committee.

Many of the individuals will have homemade items, while others will have goods which they sell on a daily basis.

It will cost you a dollar to get in, but you might take home a prize, one of which will be a large grill.

The hours for the event will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Blake Brothers American Legion Post No. 46 will be hosting a Blood Drive from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The Red Cross will be setup on the second floor of the BBALP meeting hall with an elevator available for those who have difficulty with steps.

Walk-ins will be gladly accepted and early registration is available at redcrossblood.org, then type Blake in the “Find a Drive” search slot.

Questions or if you need help with signing in call the Post at 304-232-4798 or Rich Crumm at 304-281-8200.

The Historic Cameron B&O Freight Depot will be open Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., May 30 (Monday) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

There will be the city’s collection of Cameron Clay Products and model train displays.

This event is being hosted by the Greater Cameron Area Commission.

For additional information call 304-780-6264.

John Marshall High School Wall of Fame nominations are due by July 1, after which the WOF committee will review them.

Forms for the nominations are available on the John Marshall High School website at (johnmarshallhs.com) under the “INFORMATION” tab.

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