Greenbrier Commission awards contract for 911 Center equipment shelter, accepts $572k grant for removal of ‘blighted properties’

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Thursday, approved a request from Laura Legg, director of the Greenbrier County Day Report Center, to apply for two grants totaling $390,000.

The “Treatment Provision Grant,” according to Legg, would provide $119,000 to support a case manager, therapist, and peer recovery staff-position. The “Community Corrections Grant” would provide $270,000 to fund the salaries of all other Day Report Center employees. 

“These are the same grants we’ve applied for for the past 16 years,” Legg noted.

In other business, commissioners heard a recommendation from System Administrator Jordan Clendenin regarding Iowa-based CellSite Solutions’ bid to install a communication equipment shelter on the property of the Greenbrier County 911 Center. 

“The price of the 10 foot by 20 foot shelter is $77,857,” Clendenin said. “That’s a pre-existing shelter that they decommission from another site, and bring in completely refurbished.”

According to Clendenin, utilizing a refurbished shelter decreases both the overall cost of the project, as well as the time for installation, noting, “It’s almost a six or seven month wait time for a new one.”

The only other bid received for the project was from Virginia-based VFP Inc., in the amount of $134,370. VFP’s proposal was for a new-construction shelter, with a 28-week turnaround time. Commissioners voted unanimously to award the contract to CellSite Solutions. The current estimated completion date is on or around April 10. 

The commission next approved the filing of a $3,000 grant application for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). To maintain transparency, Commission President Tammy Tincher disclosed that Commissioner Blaine Phillips serves as a member of the board of the LEPC. 

Sheriff Bruce Sloan then appeared before the commission to request the hire of two new Greenbrier Sheriff Deputies, Alex Workman and James Van Dyke. According to Sloan, Workman was previously employed as a deputy sheriff in Greenbrier for seven years before temporarily moving out of the county. Van Dyke was previously employed as a Deputy Sheriff in the State of Tennessee.

The commission approved both hires. However, Van Dyke’s certification from Tennessee must be deemed comparable by West Virginia’s Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) Committee as a condition of his acceptance.

Next on the agenda was the consideration of leasing office space on A.E.I. Drive in Lewisburg, for the “temporary relocation” of county offices due to the ongoing courthouse construction project. 

As explained by Commission Counsel Britt Ludwig, “It has become necessary to relocate members of our prosecutor’s office.” 

“After consideration of several sites in and around Lewisburg, the commission and the prosecutor’s office have negotiated rates with the State Fair of West Virginia (owner of the proposed location) for a portion of the A.E.I. building adjacent to the State Fairgrounds,” Ludwig said. “The terms negotiated are acceptable, so approval of the lease would be requested at this time.”

After approval of the lease agreement, commissioners further approved the annexation of an off-site early voting location for the upcoming primary election, also made necessary by courthouse construction. The designated off-site location will be the Romano Law Office, located at 860 Court Street North in Lewisburg. 

Acceptance of a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant in the amount of $572,000 for the removal of dilapidated and hazardous structures within the county was next considered and approved. According to Commission President Tincher, the commission will continue to work with the County Planning and Zoning Board to determine the appropriate allocation of grant funds. 

“Our Planning and Zoning Department has worked over the last year itemizing abandoned buildings and dilapidated properties within the county,” Tincher said. “This (funding) will be able to be used to remove some of these blighted properties that we have within the county.”

The next Regular Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. 


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