LEWISBURG — Following a county official's review of four bids received for the project, a White Sulphur Springs area home that was damaged in a mudslide connected to the 2016 flood will at long last be demolished.
The project will be funded through the much-maligned Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), predominantly paid for with federal money. In conjunction with the demolition, the property will be purchased with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds; future construction on the parcel will be prohibited.
Announcing receipt of the bids, Paula Brown with Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Services pointed out that this project will address only one of the dozens of properties in the county still awaiting assistance nearly three years after the devastating flood.
Brown will review the bids for the project near White Sulphur and report back to the commission.
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The county also had solicited bids to landscape the courthouse’s newly-paved parking lot, but received interest from only one company — Riverbend Nursery in Caldwell. Commissioners unanimously accepted Riverbend’s $16,672.80 bid.
Commissioner Tammy Tincher noted she has been working with the Lewisburg Foundation on a design for the plantings, which will coordinate with the downtown area’s overall ambiance. The historic county courthouse is near the center of Lewisburg, between Court Street and Jefferson Street (U.S. 219).
Commission President Lowell Rose said paving and marking off orderly parking spaces on the lot has already paid off in that when the grand jury met in the courthouse last week, there was plenty of parking for both the jurors and county employees. Accommodating so many vehicles has been a problem in the past.
In other business:
• Commissioners accepted a $21,120 Court Security Fund grant to purchase a new screening device for Greenbrier County Family Court.
• Commissioners agreed to extend a maintenance agreement with Mason & Barry Inc. of St. Albans for courthouse security equipment.
• Commissioners signed a proclamation acknowledging June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
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