The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

May 22, 2013

Commission hears updates on projects

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Commissioners are pleased that it’s looking like the county’s new 911 Center will come in at or under budget. They set aside $3.5 million for the project, of which $114,864 remains. A few more costs are outstanding, which total about $70,000.

Much of this is thanks to a $425,000 state grant that paid for a 300-foot tower for the facility, which was much more robust than the originally planned instrument.

There is some dispute about when the building’s warranty should begin. The architect/engineer for the project, Dan Snead, believes it started on the date of substantial completion on July 31, 2012. But the certificate of substantial completion was not signed by county personnel until the end of December, so county officials say the clock starts ticking then.

Several problems with the building, including HVAC issues that have since been corrected, made it difficult to occupy the building before that time, said commissioner Denise Scalph.

The commission tabled the matter and went into executive session with Prosecuting Attorney Carl Harris to discuss.

The Office of Emergency Services plans to move to the new building, located at Wolf Creek Park, during the third week in June. Emergency calls will be forwarded to Raleigh County for a minimal window of an hour or two on one day that week during the switchover.

Charles and Jane Hardy addressed the commission about using a space in the basement of the Memorial Building to run an amateur radio system that would serve as Fayette County’s backup during emergencies. They will meet with other emergency personnel to discuss the matter.

The county commission has sent a letter of support to Dr. James Phares, West Virginia state superintendent of schools, in support of transferring the former Nuttall Middle School to the Syner Foundation. The commission recognizes the group’s commitment to the local community and believes the school can continue to serve its neighboring residents, the letter states.

Appointments to the Fayette County Board of Health were tabled.

— E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com

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