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At its July 29th meeting, the Commission discussed but did not act upon a bid for the construction of a 911 Tower to be located at Confidence on Red House Hill. OES/911 Director Frank Chapman reported that Premier Construction Group of Jane Lew submitted the lone bid. Chapman said that a company from Kentucky had expressed interest but did not bid because the current shortage of steel made completing the project within the required 180 days doubtful.

Premier’s bid of $765,341.50 is about 40% higher than the cost of the State’s tower of the same height on Coal Mountain which was built ten years ago. Chapman said that the price of that tower included the construction of an access road. No access road is needed for the Confidence site.

The Commission voted to table the matter until comparative construction costs can be obtained.

In other business, the Commission appointed Travis Tarr to the Putnam County Building Commission Board, Rebecca Withrow to Visitors Bureau, and Heather Davis to the Planning Board.

The meeting agenda included taking action on a rezoning request by Timothy and Dawn Spradling. No action was taken because Commission President Ron Foster announced that a stay preventing Commission action has been issued by Circuit Court Judge Philip Stowers.

The Commission voted to donate a used Ford Explorer to the Poca Police Department. The vehicle was retired from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Bobby Eggleton said that the vehicle had 96,000 miles on it and had issues. Eggleton said that repairs will be needed before it can be placed in use. The Town of Poca plans to make the necessary repairs.

The Commission voted to issue notice to four property owners that failure to comply with orders to clean up cited conditions within 60 days would result in daily fines of up to $100. The properties involved include Cathy property at 1664 Hedrick Road in Scott Depot, Franklin Douglas property in Bancroft, and the Albert Tinsley property.

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