Water board to seek bids to raze pump house


CHESTER, W.Va.– The Water Board meet Wednesday evening and voted to seek bids to raze the First Street pump house. Board and City Council member Steve Shuman informed the board the pump house is in disrepair and needs to be torn down. The board voted to advertise for quotes, which will be due by Jan. 14, 2020 for the board’s Jan. 15 meeting.

Shuman is also the city street department supervisor and he reported he was at the pump house earlier in the week. He said the roof is falling in. Shuman also added the neighbors of the pump house have been storing items on the city’s property, and he told employees to stop mowing the property to prevent liabilities from damaging the items on the property. He said he will be asking Police Chief Todd Murray to speak with the owners of the neighboring property to have their things removed.

The board also agreed to keep the property the pump house sits on in case they need it for other projects.

In other action, the board:

— Agreed to pay bills totaling $94,976, which included the annual licensing fee for the Department of Environmental Protection and costs for water plant repairs.

— Tested the alarm system form Tri-State Lock for the office workers and accepted the bid of $550 for the alarm system.

— Accepted a bid of $2,676 from Tom Dawson of Oak Motors Auto Sales for the 1998 GMC dump truck. Dawson has until next Wednesday to make arrangements to pay for the truck.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.



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