Greenbrier Commission reviews bids for 911 Center project, considers Health Dept. proposal to raise service fees

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Thursday, approved a payment of $66,181.31 to E.L. Robinson Engineering and Region 4 for preliminary design, permits and reimbursements associated with the Ridges Replacement TIF Project in White Sulphur Springs. According to Commissioner Lowell Rose, the payment has already been approved by the White Sulphur Springs City Council.

Next before the commission was a proposal from the Greenbrier County Health Department regarding environmental fee and permit increases, and a request for those changes to be published on the County’s website and social media, as well as be posted in public offices. 

On-hand to explain the proposal was Nikki Dolan and Sarah Woody with the Greenbrier County Health Department.

“We haven’t changed our fees for services for years, so we’re proposing an increase in that,” Dolan said. “And the fees for permits, we’re already at maximum on those, so we’re just proposing a 20% (increase) on the ones that we’re not at maximum.” 

In addition to the new fee schedule being posted through County channels, Dolan noted that the Health Department would also post the fees to the State Register, as well as in the newspaper. A 30-day public comment period would occur before the new fees would take effect. 

“We’re planning to run (the public comment period) April 1 through April 30,” Dolan added. “If there’s no comments, or if we do have comments, we would bring that back to the Board of Health, and then back to you on May 7.”

Woody then provided several examples of fees for service, saying, “We have re-inspection fees, which is if a place has more critical violations than they can correct while we are there, then we do a re-inspection.”

“The homeowner’s test,” Woody added. “That’s if someone wants to install their own septic system.”

Commissioners approved the Health Department’s request to post the proposed increases. 

Also on Thursday, Commissioners reviewed bids for the “excavation, forming, pouring, and finishing concrete,” as well as the final clean-up of the pad for the Emergency Communications Center’s yet-to-be installed equipment shelter. Two bids were submitted for the project. On-hand for the bid-review was Greenbrier County System Administrator Jordan Clendenin. 

According to Clendenin, the first estimate was submitted from Rainelle-based Treadway Dirt Work in the amount of $14, 504, and the second from Eight Rivers Contracting in Marlinton, for $19,800. 

“Treadways has a possible completion date of the next two weeks,” Clendenin noted, adding that delivery of the equipment shelter is expected in approximately one month. 

Due in large part to the favorable turn-around time offered by TreadWay Dirt Works, the commission accepted their estimate of $14,504. 

In other business, commissioners approved the grant-fund reimbursement request for flood repairs performed on the Meadow River Trail, and the appointment of Nicholas Dailey to the Greenbrier County Board of Zoning Appeals. Dailey will serve the balance of a three-year term, which will expire on July 1, 2026.

It should be noted that Commissioner Blaine Phillips was not present during Thursday’s meeting However, as two of the three members were present, a quorum was established for the purposes of voting. 

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