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County Commission Approves Courthouse Paving Bid

It was bid opening time for the Putnam County Commission at its May 28 meeting. Brian Estep of Silling Architects (project designer) unsealed bids from West Virginia Paving and Asphalt Contractors and Site Work Inc. for paving the parking areas at the courthouse in Winfield.

Both companies submitted a base bid with accompanying alternative 1 and alternate 2 bids. WV Paving’s bids came in high at $415,325; $17,640; and $175,140. Asphalt Contractors submissions were $269,959; $13,480; and $108,810.

The commission awarded the contract to Asphalt Contractors and Site Work pending staff review of the company’s submission.

In other business of note, the commission voted to reinstate R-1 Residential zoning to a parcel on Mount Vernon Road which abuts both commercial and residential properties near the Sheetz location on Teays Valley Road. The rezoning was challenged in circuit court because the re-zoning hearing was not properly advertised. State law requires notices of such hearings to be advertised as Class II legal notices (published twice with one week between publications) thirty days prior to the meeting. The first publication met the thirty day requirement but the second publication did not. Judge Philip Stowers ruled that both publications needed to meet the 30-day requirement.

Commissioner Brian Ellis made the motion to restore the R-1 zoning after stating that an appeal would be more time consuming than restarting the process from the beginning.

The commission approved a request by the Putnam County Health Board to implement state-approved fee increases in stages. Health Board Director Crystal Moberly stated that the health department expenditures could be met with smaller than approved fee increases.

The commission recognized Hurricane Middle student Quintin Williams for winning third place honors in County Commissioners Association of West Virginia’s annual essay contest. The CCAWV issues cash awards to first, second and third place essays on the how the actions of county commissions benefit their counties.

The next county commission meeting will be Tuesday, June 11, at 9 a.m.

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