Harrison County Commission, West Virginia to Consider Railway Track Asphalting Contract | New
CLARKSBURG, Va. (WV News) – The Harrison County commission on Wednesday will review the approval of bids and contract awards for paving projects on segments of rail trails near the towns of Shinnston and Salem.
Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s working session and Wednesday’s regular meeting is the review of the vital services tax and a proposed fire service tax.
Commissioners are expected to open bids for rail trail engineering services for the “Harrison County Commission Rail Trail Project.” The review, discussion and consideration of “approving bids and awarding of contract for paving of railway track at Salem and Shinnston” is also on the agenda in a separate article.
Traditionally, commissioners have opened project bids at a designated time during commission meetings, then typically pass them on to staff for review and ensure they meet requirements before voting at a later date. . The wording of the agenda indicates that a vote for the award of the paving contract could, however, take place on Wednesday.
It’s unclear if and when a bid opening for the $ 1.2 million railroad paving project has already taken place, but Commission Chair Susan Thomas and Commissioner Patsy Trecost each told WV News. that the offers had already been received.
Thomas said she was under the impression that the opening of tenders had already taken place “not so long ago” in a public meeting, but that she did not have details on the date. .
Commissioner David Hinkle said on Monday he did not believe the offers were open.
A WV News review of committee meeting agendas since the budget approval on March 29 has found no appointment for the opening of the railroad paving bids.
Trecost said it was not necessary for commissioners to open the bids at regular meetings as they have done in the past, and the county administration can instead open the bids and present them to the commission. When asked why this auction opening could have been treated differently from the commission’s other auction openings, Trecost replied: “I don’t know”.
County administrator Laura Pysz did not respond to a request for more information about the bid opening at press time on Monday.
The West Virginia State Code states that a “public entity accepting government procurement bids shall, in its resolution providing for the contract or purchase and announcement of the bids, designate the time and place of receipt. offers and must, at that time and place, publicly open the offers and read them aloud.
The public objected to the paving of the section of the trail stretching from Shinnston to the Marion County line. Trail user Rudy Dursi, who claims the segment is one of the few places in the county where people with back and joint problems can comfortably walk, has collected over 100 signatures on a petition opposing to the paving of this section.
They said the proposal to leave a 2-foot shoulder for walking would not leave enough room for trail users to walk side-to-side for conversation.
Thomas said she understood their concerns, but said the committee had already voted to move the project forward and it would be impossible to please everyone.
Trecost said there will be other areas along the rail trail where individuals can get the trail they want.
“There is still a lot of work to be done on the railroad. What they want to see is crushed rock in some places, and there will be more places that will have crushed rock when (there is) a good water landing so that the crushed rock can be maintained ” , did he declare.
When asked how long a crushed stone trail could be available for trail users, Trecost said, “If I had done it my way, it would have already started.”
Questions also remain about the source of funds for the project in the county budget. In the budget approved by the Harrison County Commission on March 29, half of the funding for the project was to come from parks and recreation and the other half from the Community Improvement Fund, the county administrator said at the time. , Willie Parker.
The commission recently discovered that the county code states that the Parks and Recreation Board – not the county commission – is solely responsible for determining how parks and recreation funds are to be spent.
Trecost said he would like half of the funding to come from the Community Improvement Fund and the other half from the Coal Separation Fund.
According to the budget adopted in March for the current fiscal year, the Commissioners at the time planned to start the year with $ 902,500 in the Coal Separation Fund. Expenditures approved in the budget for the current fiscal year are $ 250,000 in unspecified capital improvements, $ 65,000 in new unspecified equipment, $ 250,000 for a livestock show barn project, $ 87,500 for Harrison County Economic Development Corporation contributions and $ 250,000 for airport authority contributions.
The opening of tenders for engineering services for what would be a benchmark engineer for the county’s entire rail trail system is expected to take place at 11 a.m.
The county’s RFP seeks professional engineering services to include project management, review, evaluation and delivery; environmental studies and permits; plans, specifications and specifications; engineering of rights of way; procurement and utilities; construction engineering; and general transportation engineering advice for the maintenance, growth and development of the county rail trail system.
Commissioners are also expected to vote on the vital services tax that will appear on the Jan. 22 election ballot and a fire services tax. There are two versions of the Vital Services Tax under consideration, one with an increase of 5% per year and another with a fixed but higher rate. A version of the fire service tax is under consideration, as a version that would have also included the county’s K-9 unit is not on the agenda for consideration.
Thomas said she would like to see the commission make the final decisions on the levies on Wednesday, “because we need to move forward and prepare for a special election.”
Trecost expressed similar sentiments, saying they had already “run until midnight”.
The commission’s working session to discuss the levies will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the commission’s courtroom on the third floor of the Harrison County Courthouse.
The regular committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the same location.
The public can also attend both meetings via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7628160712 or by teleconference at 1-888-788-0099, with meeting ID 762 816 0712 and access code 270967.
In the other cases on Wednesday, the committee:
– Examine offers for concierge services.
– Consider pay changes, including the resignation of Robert Matheny II effective September 24 and the proposed promotion of Pegi Bailey to the post of Director of the Office of Emergency Management.
– Examine, discuss and consider the requirements for reform, change or modification of a county commission and other forms of county government.
Hinkle, who requested the agenda item, said he did not believe the county was functioning as intended based on the county form of government adopted by the county.
– Receive updates on Stars and Stride Equine Therapy, upcoming events from the United Way of Harrison and Doddridge Counties and the Clarksburg Visitors Bureau.
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