Greenbrier County Commission discusses snow removal, approves $600,000 for water line extension

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, during their regular meeting on Tuesday, reviewed a bid from Charleston-based Terracare for snow removal during the upcoming winter season. Bids were initially requested by the commission last month, with Terracare being the only service provider to submit.

The bid, as read by Commissioner Blaine Phillips, was divided into individual “snow events.”

“Removal begins at approximately one-inch of snowfall,” Phillips read. “They (Terracare) automatically report when the snowfall begins, and treat the surface of parking lots and drive-throughs.”

“This is a per-occurrence bid,” Phillips added.

The breakdown of the bid is as follows:

  • County Courthouse sidewalk and parking lot: $450.
  • Andrew Lewis Park parking lot: $300.
  • Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office: $300.
  • Greenbrier County 911 Center: $300.
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management: $400.
  • Day Report Office: $350.

“We will review everything to make sure it’s all in order, and follow up at a later date for hiring,” Commission President Tammy Tincher said. 

Next on the agenda was consideration of the 2022/2023 Single Audit contract. The county’s annual full Single Audit is a requirement of the W.Va. State Auditor’s Office. 

“At this time, we are presenting the request to go into contract with BHM CPA Group, out of Huntington, to complete the audit,” Audit Committee Member Kelly Banton told commissioners. “They are at $26,000 for the audit, and then we will pay the auditor’s processing fee we’re required to pay also, which I believe is $2,080.”

With no further discussion, commissioners unanimously approved the Audit Committee’s request. 

Personnel matters were then addressed, including finalizing the county’s separation with several former employees, and the approval of a new hire at the Circuit Clerk’s Office. 

The consideration of bids for the installation of the 911 Center’s equipment shelter was originally scheduled as per the published agenda. However, as no bids were submitted, commissioners were unable to move forward. 

On-hand to again explain the scope of the project was Greenbrier County System Administrator Jordan Clendenin. 

“As part of our upgrade project at the Communications Center, we are in need of additional space,” Clendenin explained. “We’ve chosen to source a prefabricated shelter to be placed on the property of the Communications Center to move some of our radio equipment into.”

At the conclusion of Clendenin’s explanation, Tincher added, “We will be looking at if we need to make changes for the request, and putting out a new bid request in hopes of being able to get what you all would like to have in order to accommodate the needs for the agency.”

In other business, commissioners signed a resolution to release $20,000 in federal grant funding to the Lewisburg Fire Department to maintain and upgrade hazmat vehicles, and for the purchase of additional personal protective equipment. Approval of a second grant application for the 2022 Emergency Management Performance Grant was postponed until a future meeting as commissioners are awaiting additional documentation. 

In the day’s final piece of business, commissioners approved a $603,000 payment for work completed related to the Greenbrier County Public Service District #2 waterline extension project

“This is for the Thrasher Group, for the Sam Black to Asbury water line extension project,” Tincher explained. “This is for all of the preliminary designs, final designs, bidding, engineering, and permitting for the entire project that Thrasher has done over the last year-and-a-half.”

“This also will be paid out of our American Rescue Plan funds from the amount that the county has committed to that project,” Teacher added, noting that Greenbrier County has committed a total of $2.5 million for the water line extension. 

The next meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission is currently scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. 

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