Southern Jackson Water Project moving forward

Suzette Lowe
Jackson Newspapers

Progress was made with some projects, while another had to have more consideration as a result of the Aug. 19 Jackson County Commission meeting.

Tim Meeks, grant administrator for the southern Jackson block grant, brought documents for approval. Commissioners Dick Waybright, Mike Randolph and Mitch Morrison approved resolutions that included a grant contract with the West Virginia Development Office for $1,464,800. Other resolutions approved were for the small cities block grant requirements, fair housing and an administrative agreement for $36,800 which will also be paid by grant funds.

Meeks, who administers the grant through the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, said the project that will bring water through the Southern Jackson Public Service District to certain areas is on track to go bid in the spring.

According to Meeks, once the project is filed with the West Virginia Public Service Commission by the end of November, and the bid is awarded, work should begin sometime in 2021.

“This has been a relatively short time frame,” Randolph remarked. “I’ve seen it take as long as four years or longer, so to have this get going in two years is pretty remarkable.”

A bid opening was conducted regarding the replacement of a truck for the Jackson County Office of Emergency Services (OES). Since command trailers must be transported, it was determined that a three-quarter ton four-wheel drive vehicle was needed. With only one bid submitted, the contract was awarded to I-77 Ford at a cost of $38,977 with a rebate of $500. The current OES truck will be given to the Jackson County Humane Officer for business use.

The replacement of the CFIA Phase 1 HVAC renovations also had a bid opening by Marie McCauley from Silling Architects. The bids of Tri-State Roofing and Dougherty Company were not accepted because both exceeded the estimate of $150,000 by the architectural firm. McCauley will contact both contractors regarding the bids.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved final report of the fiduciary commissioner for the estate of Neil Preston Shumate

• Approved the hay agreement for Jackson County Fairgrounds

• Approved the transfer of full-time prosecuting attorney employee Kelcie Smith to part-time effective Aug. 20, 2020

• Approved the transfer of part-time prosecuting attorney employee Miranda Johnson to full-time effective Sept. 1, 2020

• Reviewed and accepted written activities report of 911 Director Montana Boggess

The next commission meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 at the Jackson County Courthouse.