Commission advertising for work on building


September 27, 2012

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission will be advertising for bids to do at least part of the exterior work needed on the old Point Pleasant Hardware Building.

The work was discussed at Thursday’s regular commission meeting with County Administrator John Gerlach saying the exterior work is basically maintenance work needed before winter. Of course the bids have to come back with competitive prices to determine if and what the county can afford. The desired work will focus mainly on parapet and mortar repair.

Gerlach said it’s hoped some of the brick will be removed and replaced above the building’s windows on the side which faces the Iron Gate Grill. In addition, mortar joints will be repaired on the front of the building and the side of the building which faces the State Theater. The building will also need pressure washed so the new and existing brick will resemble one another more closely.

This work will be advertised for bid in publications on Oct. 4 and 11 with pre-bid at 10 a.m., Oct. 13 and the bid opening at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25.

Gerlach informed Commissioners Rick Handley, Miles Epling and Bob Baird that representatives from Chapman Technical Group were in town Thursday to help develop preliminary plans for interior and additional exterior repairs which are needed for the Point Pleasant Hardware Building renovation.

After the renovation is complete, the building will be the new home of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and used for storage and training space.

In other business:

Gerlach said he’d asked for proposals from four local banks for bids to place an ATM in the courthouse. The commission will provide the phone line for the machine and electricity but doesn’t want a machine which charges the county any additional fees.

Gerlach reported work on the basketball courts near Point Pleasant Intermediate School has been stalled a bit because of the rainy weather.

Commissioners signed proclamations for 4-H Week which is Oct. 7-13 and Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is the entire month of October. A Breast Cancer Awareness Month wreath will be hung at the Mason County Library at 10 a.m., Oct. 2. Handley recognized county 4-H clubs and volunteers, as well as those who work to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Yvonne Fetty and Anne Byus from Mason County CEOS and Lorrie Wright from the WVU Extension Office were at Thursday’s commission meeting to promote the 2012 Walk for Women which is Oct. 14 at the Mason County Courthouse Parking Lot. Registration is at 1 p.m., the walk at 2 p.m. This walk is organized by Mason County CEOS with every dollar raised to benefit the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic Fund. Call Wright at 304-675-0888 for more information.

Commissioner Baird expressed his gratitude to those who brought him a birthday cake to celebrate his birthday at the last commission meeting.

The commission set its November meetings for 4 p.m., Nov. 15, 29.