Commission seeks bids for mowing


NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Commission is seeking local companies to mow several county-owned properties this summer.

During Thursday’s meeting, the commission approved the advertisement for the five 2018 grass bid packages.

Sealed bids will be accepted from companies that provide proof of liability insurance and workers compensations insurance. Winning bids will be responsible for properties listed in each of the respective packages.

Package no. 1 consists of the Hancock County Senior Center, the county Animal Shelter and the county Storage Building located on Gas Valley Road in New Manchester.

Package no. 2 consists of Flatts Cemetery, Union Cemetery and Methodist Cemetery, all in New Manchester.

Package no. 3 is for Three Springs Drive Cemetery, Cove Valley playground and the Peter Tarr Furnace, all in Weirton.

Package no. 4 is for Laurel Hollow Park and Clark Field, both in Newell, and Lawrenceville Park in Chester.

The final package is for the Hancock County 911/Office of Emergency Management Center, located on state Route 2 across from the W.Va. State Police Detachment in New Cumberland.

Those interested is submitting bids must attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting at 4 p.m. March 16 at the commission office.

For those with winning bids, all properties are to be cut as frequently as necessary in order to keep the grass presentable. Subcontracting is not permitted.

The packages are for work to be handled April 15 through Oct. 15.

Sealed bids with the requested package number are to be sent to the Hancock County Commission, P.O. Box 485, 102 North Court St., New Cumberland, W.Va. 26047.

All bids must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. March 30. Winning bids will be announced at the April 5 commission meeting.

Also being accepted by the commission are names of those interested to serve on the Northern Panhandle Community Criminal Justice Board. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, with its next meeting scheduled May 30. Those interested must be Hancock County residents and must submit interest no later than March 30 to the commission’s office.

In other business:

– The commission approved a proclamation recognizing the month of March as “American Red Cross Month.” The commission recognized the organization’s long history of providing assistance to those in need through natural disasters, fires and other matters.

Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the Northwest W.Va. chapter, provided statistics with the county and what the Red Cross has done. According to Kesselring, throughout the 17-county chapter, more than 300 families were assisted, 2,000 smoke detectors installed, 3,200 students participated in the Pillowcase Project, more than 5,000 signed for health and safety classes, and more than 7,000 units of blood were donated impacting 21,000 people in the chapter. The county’s statistics included seven responses for disaster services, 17 people services, 21 cases supporting the Armed Forces, 168 signed up for CPR training, 54 smoke alarms set up, 209 students participated in the Pillowcase Project, and 55 units of blood were donated in the county.

– The commission approved, as a matter of record, the listing of proposed amendments for the West Virginia Department of Highways’ Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2016 through 2021. Listed among the projects anticipated to take place during this time frame is the Route 2 road widening project for New Cumberland. The listing is available for review and public comment.

– Three resolutions were approved by the board, which consist of entering into contractual agreements with the Division of Justice and Community Services regarding the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Prevention Resource Officer (PRO), the Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) programs for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

– The commission tabled a Proclamation which was to be awarded to George E. Ash Sr., a Platoon Sergeant E-5 in the United States Army who served in Vietnam and was honored with the Bronze Medal Star, 12 Battle Stars, the Air Media with seven gold leaf clusters, two Army Commendation Medals and a Unit Presidential Citation. Commissioner Joe Barnabei said Ash was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting due to illness and requested to table the proclamation until further notice.

– The commission approved the payment of bills: $48,130.37 came from the general county fund, along with P-card payments totaling $60,925.56. Finance director Karen LaScola also reported all funds for the months of January totaled $975,233.68.

The next commission meeting is 2:30 p.m. March 15 in the commission’s meeting room at the Hancock County Courthouse.