Commissioners discuss Water Tank project collaboration with City


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission accepted a bid for two new utility vehicles from Jenkins Ford and discussed collaborating with the City of Buckhannon for the Tennerton Water Tank Rehabilitation Project during their meeting Thursday morning.

The bid consisted of two new 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles for the Upshur County E911 Communication Center and Upshur County E911 Addressing and Mapping. Jenkins Ford submitted bids in the amount of $29,828 for the base model 2021 Ford Explorers—one white and one black. Commissioners approved the purchase of both new vehicles.

City Recorder Randy Sanders came before Commissioners Thursday morning to request ARP Funding Assistance for the 700,000-gallon Tennerton Water Tank Rehabilitation Project. In a letter to Commissioners, Sanders explained that the tank “includes the necessary rental of pressurized tanker trucks, during the 2022 summer construction season, using funding from the American Recovery Plan.” The city is proposing that the Upshur County Commission collaborates with them to equally share the cost of the water tank rehabilitation, the rental of the pressurized tanker trucks, and the necessary appurtenances, which will cost approximately $716,125.

Sanders emphasized, “It should be noted that the existing Tennerton Water Storage Tank supplies not only the Buckhannon-Upshur High School, the West Virginia State Police Detachment and the City’s customers at the southern end of the existing water distribution system, but that it also supplies all of the potable water used by the Adrian Public Service District on a daily basis.” Sanders went onto explain that with assistance from the Upshur County Commission, the City of Buckhannon will be under budget and able to invest in other planned infrastructure, rather than solely taking on the financial burden of these projects, in addition to previous projects, which will result in a $315,507.27 overrun on the city’s budget.

According to Sanders, “Both the City of Buckhannon’s Sanitary and Water Departments carefully examined the opportunity the American Recovery Plan will provide the residents of the city and selected the nine projects accordingly. We all know how important each dollar spent on this type of projects is to our community and are dedicated to either rebuilding, rehabilitating or maintaining the existing infrastructure necessary, so that Upshur County’s public service districts and water associations and the city’s utility departments can continue to deliver the utility services necessary that enable all county and city residents to maintain the highest quality of life.”

Commissioners did not make an official decision concerning Sanders’ request for funding for the water tank rehabilitation project during their meeting on Thursday morning. The City of Buckhannon and County Commissioners will meet again in August to further discuss the matter.

Additionally, the Upshur County Board of Education sought approval and authorization to submit FY22 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), in the amount of $107,518. Commissioners provided approval and authorization to submit the application. If awarded, the grant will provide enhancements to the Transportation Department’s surveillance system.

In other business of the Upshur County Commission, the following agenda items were approved:

• Extension of Agreement between the Upshur County Commission and Quality Home & Office Cleaning for janitorial services. Owner and Contractor agree all terms set forth in the agreement dated July 19, 2018 are in full force and effect for an extended period beginning July 1, 2021 and continuing as needed until services are no longer necessary. Owner shall pay the Contractor, the sum of $5,930 per month. This contract will be re-bid upon termination of the extension.

• Correspondence from Patricia L. Adams, Chairman of the Upshur County Republican Executive Committee, requesting use of the Courthouse Plaza on Monday, June 21, 2021 to celebrate West Virginia’s Birthday. Adams also requested that the Committee be provided the use of two tables and 10 chairs. A certificate of liability insurance naming the Commission as a certificate holder will be provided before the event.

• Correspondence from Lori Ulderich Harvey, Director of the Upshur County Family Resource Network, requesting use of the large pavilion for Family Connections Family Socials, once a month during June, July, August and September, free of charge.

• Memorandum from County Administrator Carrie Wallace requesting the employment of Ethan Linger as part-time temporary Grounds Keeper, effective June 18, 2021. Mr. Linger will work up to 29.5 hours per week for up to 10 weeks.

• Employment of additional Buckhannon-Upshur Recreational Park Staff, effective June 20, 2021.

• Correspondence from 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections Program Director Cheyenne Troxell requesting a pay wage increase for all Community Corrections employees, effective July 1, 2021. The increase will be paid out of the Community Corrections Funds.

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