Greenbrier County Commission reviews bid for residential elevation project, approves corrections grant disbursement

By Matthew Young, RealWV

EDITOR’s NOTE: This article was updated on July 12 to reflect the date and time of the next Greenbrier County Commission meeting as July 17 at 9 a.m.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – In an abnormally brief Regular Meeting on Tuesday, the Greenbrier County Commission reviewed the single bid received for the planned residential elevation project at 169 John Perry Lane in Fort Springs. Elevation of the residence, which was damaged during the flood of 2016, is being funded through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation grant program. 

According to Commissioner President Tammy Tincher, the original grant application was submitted by the county in 2018. The only contractor to bid on the project was Saint Albans-based Melton Construction, LLC. The total amount of the estimate provided is $245,000. 

On-hand to discuss the project was Paula Brown. Deputy director of Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“We had three contractors at the pre-bid meeting on June 18,” Brown said. “Unfortunately the primary elevation contractor […] went out of business. It’s a small number of people who do that.”

“The other two (contractors) had delays with their submissions, so we only ended up with one bid,” Brown added.

Melton Construction’s bid proposal will now be reviewed by Brown, and scheduled to be voted on by the commission at a later date. 

For the only other item on Tuesday’s agenda, commissioners approved the Department of Justice and Community Corrections 2024/2025 grant program disbursement agreement. The grant provides Greenbrier County’s community corrections with “assist funding” in the amount of $270,000. The funding is disbursed in four quarterly installments of $67,500. 

The next Regular Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, at 9 a.m. 

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