Brooke courthouse work hit by additional expenses

WELLSBURG — An ongoing renovation project at the Brooke County Courthouse has run into some additional expenses.

During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner Stacey Wise explained additional funds would be needed for the lighting and tile replacement project, as not everything was included in the project’s original bid.

“We had left out that we have some emergency lighting,” Wise said. “We had to do a rework.”

As part of the rework, it was discovered new wiring also would be needed in the courthouse to accommodate the new exterior and interior lights, which are being transitioned to LED systems.

Wise said estimates for the additional work had come in at $33,330 for the wiring and $10,000 for the emergency lighting.

Commissioner Tim Ennis said the work will make certain the courthouse’s electrical systems meet building code requirements.

“If they find an area that’s not up to code, they have to bring it up to code,” Ennis said.

Christina White, deputy director for the county 911 system, asked if ceiling repairs for the 911 center would be affected, saying there are concerns about the ceiling falling in on employees.

Wise said the ceiling work was still a planned part of the total project.

“That is all included with the price. We’re just doing it last,” Wise said, noting a temporary fix to the ceiling issue in the 911 center is planned.

The project was approved by the commission in September, approving a $282,500 bid from Lombardi Development of Follansbee.

It is being funded, in part, by a $100,000 grant from the state’s Courthouse Facilities Improvement Council.

In other business, the commission approved the certification of the county’s results from the Nov. 6 general election, with County Clerk Sylvia Benzo reporting only a few changes to vote totals as a result of absentee and provisional ballots. There were no changes to the winners of any elections, she said.

Commissioner Jim Andreozzi recommended the approval of year-end salary adjustments for county employees, providing each full-time employee a one-time payment of $2,000, with part-time employees receiving up to $1,000. Department heads would not receive the adjustment, Andreozzi said.

Andreozzi also requested a contract for a roof repair project at the Brooke County Animal Shelter be tabled, in order to receive clarification on one of the bids.

The commission also agreed to transfer $500 from the circuit clerk’s materials and supplies fund to the office’s maintenance and repair equipment fund.

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