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Marshall Memo: Municipal Building up for Discussion, and new Library Hours

Moundsville City Council members will be voting on whether to accept the lone bid for construction of a new municipal/public safety building at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

When it came time to open bids some eight days ago, only one firm submitted a bid although some three other firms had previously indicated they might be interested.

City Manager Rick Healy, who spoke this past month at a meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club, described the proposed building as the biggest project that the city has ever undertaken, and without question the boldest project during his three and one-half year tenure as city manager.

He noted that the approximately 26,000 square-foot building would house city hall offices, the police department, and the fire department. In addition to those three department, the new building would continue to house the Water Billing Office.

He stated that the project was bid last year, with all bids coming in over-budget, and thus rejected.

According to the City Manager, over the winter months the architects went back to the drawing board and made some major changes.

He said, “We eliminated the basement, expanded the second floor, and added an unfinished third storage floor.”

He noted that the most recent building plans call for a three-level, all above grade building, that would blend nicely into the neighborhood and Jefferson Avenue.

Healy stated, “Our timing with the project may not have been the best, but the time is now to make this project happen.”

He explained that should council approve the latest bid, because the debt service would be paid by the 1% sales tax proceeds, there would not be a direct cost to residents, no increase in taxes, and no user fees implemented.

As for the need for a new building, Healy said, “We are truly outgrowing our existing offices, and maintenance costs continue to escalate, especially in the police department building, and bringing us all under one roof (the police department is now in another location) will allow for better management of people, but also easier access for residents.”

The Marshall County Board of Education is currently sponsoring a federal-funded Summer Food Service Program which is currently being held at the following locations:

– Grand Adventures Leadership Camp at Grand Vue Park’s Park Pool. The hours being 8-9 a.m., Monday through Friday. The food will continue there through Aug. 5.

– The Blue and Gold Center in Cameron. Food is served from 9-9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. It will continue through July 29.

– The Gateway Achievement Center in Moundsville offers food from 8-8:30 a.m., on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

For additional information call the board of education’s Child Nutrition director Debbie Derico at 304-845-4448.

The latest book by author/historian Alan Fitzpatrick will be reviewed at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library at 6 p.m. on July 11.

The book to be told is, “Untold Stories of Isaac White Indians,” which involved hundreds of adopted and assimilated captives of Native Americans in the 18th century who never came back.

The presentation is free and open to the public on the main floor of the library.

Those wishing additional information can call the library at 304-845-6911.

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will hold two Archaeology Programs at the Grave Creek Mound Museum on July 26.

There will be a Archaeology themed Scavenger Hunt at 11 a.m., and an Archaeology program at 1 p.m.

The president and vice president of the Moundsville Economic Development Council will be changing seats this weekend.

The new president is Howard Coffield who advances from vice president, while Gary Crippen steps down from president to vice president. He had served as president for the past four years. Other officers are Karen Baker, secretary, Hilda Blake, treasurer, and Rosalyn Rhodes, assistant treasurer.

While on the subject of the MEDC, anyone interested in being involved with Haunted House is asked to contact Tom Stiles at former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The Strand Theatre Preservation Society will welcome a live musical theatre to Moundsville in July with its production of the Addams Family.

The show will take place at 7 p.m. on July 29 and July 30, and at 2 p.m. on July 31.

The cast and crew will consist of artists from throughout the Ohio Valley. The production will be directed by Shelby Garrett with the musical direction by Justin Jones. The choreographer be Anna Harsh, while Meta Lasch will head the technical division.

The cast will include six Addams — who in real life are Peter Lim, Jamie Faulkiner, Keyz Karanz, Aubree Gray, Amanda McGovern and Cori Brown. There will also be a number Addams family ancestor, and others. Among the others being Michael Wylie, Evan Oslund, Mary Musgrove, Corey Rogers, Jacob Boyette, Ethan Casey, Rose Cunningham, Alexa Jasinski, Sara McBee, Shanan Stout, Khole Trussell, Abby Young.

Tickets are on sale at Frame and Fortune on Jefferson Avenue in Moundville.

In conjunction with the theatre event, there will be the annual Summer Musical Cabare at 7 p.m. on July 8, the latter featuring a range of musicals.

There are several local sponsors who has provided funding to offset the cost for these programs. They include: Bordas & Bordas, Fawn and Jim Price, Marshall County Co-Op, Inc. Bonnie Anderson/Fred Brunner, Brad and Becky Jones, Garry Lewis, DDS,Inc., Main Street Bank, Moundsville Pharmacy, John and Betsy Sicurella, John Varlas in memory of Nancy Allen Varlas, and Unified Bank.

The Marshall County FRN’s general membership meeting will be held online at 11 a.m. July 12. Each member who wants to participate will have an opportunity to briefly discuss their organization and updates during the meeting.

Those planning to attend are to call 304-845-3300 or email marshallcountyfrn@comcast.net.

The City of Moundsville’s Arts and Culture Commission will sponsor an Outdoor Movie Night on July 9 at the East End Playground.

The showing will be “Encanto” and free popcorn will be provided.

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library has temporary changed its opening hours. They are:

Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The library will be closed on weekends.

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