Greenbrier County Commission sets levy rate, reviews bids for dilapidated buildings project during Special Meeting

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Tuesday, met in Special Session to consider the county levy rate for 2024. A Special Commission Meeting was necessary, as state code requires that the rate be set by April 16. 

“The proposed levy rate is 12.93 (cents) per $100,” Commission President Tammy Tincher said. “This amount has been in place since 2014/2015, so right at 10 years. It had previously been 11.98, and it was raised just under $1. That is the number we are considering today – 12.93.”

“At this point, our budget, revenues, and expenses are all balanced and in order,” Tincher added. “There’s no need to increase that rate.”

Commissioner Lowell Rose concurred with Tincher, saying, “I agree that the levy rate is ample for this point in time.”

With no further discussion, the commission approved the levy rate of 12.93 cents per $100. Their determination will now be forwarded to the State Auditor for further review and approval. 

Next before the commission was the opening of submitted bids for the demolition of the first two groups of the Abandoned and Dilapidated Building program. 

“This is a grant that was received by the West Virginia DEP (Department of Environmental Protection), and the state,” Tincher explained. “The county received just under $600,000 in funds to be utilized to remove abandoned and dilapidated buildings throughout the county. Our building code inspector has undertaken this program, and has done a fantastic job thus far, as we’ve already seen structures in the county removed by their owners.”

As further explained by Tincher, the bids received  are for “two rounds” of structures: three structures with asbestos, and three structures without asbestos. Joining the commission to open the sealed bids was Greenbrier County Building Inspector Stephen Simmons.

A total of eight companies submitted bids for the project:

  • Treadways Dirt Work, Rainelle: $59,239 for six total structures – three containing asbestos, and three without asbestos. 
  • Whitten Construction, Jumping Branch: $67,088 for six total structures – three containing asbestos, and three without asbestos. 
  • A.L.L. Construction, Mount Storm: $46,425.78 for six total structures – three containing asbestos, and three without asbestos. 
  • LD Hanna & Son Excavating, Lewisburg: $30,568 for six total structures – three containing asbestos, and three without asbestos. 
  • Lynch Construction, White Sulphur Springs: $44, 170 for six total structure s- three containing asbestos, and three without asbestos. 
  • Red Creek Construction, Elkins: $14,833.35 for three total structures without asbestos. 
  • Empire Salvage and Recycling, Princeton: $67,500 for six total structures – three containing asbestos, and three without asbestos. 
  • BFL Contracting, White Sulphur Springs: $27,000 for three total structures without asbestos. 

The submitted bids will be reviewed and awarded at a later date. 

Prior to adjourning, Tincher issued a reminder that all Arts and Recreation Grant applications must be received at the County Commission office in the Greenbrier County Courthouse no later than 4 p.m. on Friday. 

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