BUCKHANNON – In an effort to humanely rid the Upshur Courthouse of its many feathered friends who can be seen sunning themselves in the sun on a daily basis, members of the Upshur County Commission have accepted a bid to have the courthouse dome cleaned and pigeon spikes installed as a deterrent to them returning.
Steeplejacks of America, based in Strongsville, Ohio, came in with the lowest bid at $39,000, however, due to the fact West Virginia requires a contractor’s license and Ohio does not, Steeplejacks was unable to complete the bid package paperwork.
According to Assistant County Administrator Tabatha Perry, the company was given the option of obtaining a West Virginia contractor’s license but declined as they were unsure they would have any future work in West Virginia.
The next lowest bid came from Buckhannon’s TKS Contracting at $45,000 which includes the cleaning and installation of 1,200 linear feet of pigeon spikes. According to the bid, it will cost the commission $32 per linear foot for any installation of spikes more than 1,200 linear feet.
Pigeon spikes work by reducing the amount of available space a bird has to land or roost on a respective roof or in this case the courthouse dome.
Birds who attempt to land on the spikes will receive a light prick which is uncomfortable but generally not harmful to the bird at all. This is the most effective deterrent to birds roosting and landing on a roof.
The project could begin in as soon as three weeks depending on the weather.
Commissioners noted the last time the courthouse dome was redone was 2006 at a cost of $173,000.
Commission President Sam Nolte shared correspondence from Jeffrey E. Fleck, executive director of the State of West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board, confirming the estimated employer contribution percentage will remain at 10 percent effective July 1, 2019.
The Commission will conduct budget hearings March 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19. For a detailed list of meetings, contact Perry at the commission office.
In other business during a relatively quick meeting Thursday morning, Commissioners approved the following:
Federal Aviation outlay request number 3 in the amount of $64,265 grant for the airport improvement project at the Upshur County Regional Airport.
Daya Masada Wright as co-administrator of the estate of Virginia Lee Reed, deceased, and Patricia Lee Redd, deceased.
The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will take place Thurs., March 7 at 9 a.m. in commission chambers at the courthouse. It should be noted the meeting for Feb. 28 has been cancelled.