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Hancock County expecting bids on new Magistrate Courthouse

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 06:59 PM EDT
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- Years of work are finally coming to an end as Hancock County commissioners expect bids to be coming in for the new Magistrate Courthouse.
Commissioners say they've been saving for years and will be getting a little help in footing the bill.
 "Oh, this is great," County Commissioner Dan Greathouse said. "The Magistrate Court doesn't have any parking. It will be in a new area and we're also doing a parking lot next to it and potentially a new health department next to that."
The new courthouse will be located at the former site of the Dollar General in downtown New Cumberland, alleviating the parking and handicap constraints as well as safety concerns at the current building.
"This project has been about a 2-year project," Greathouse said. "We bought the Dollar General, had to bring in the Supreme Court to make sure they'd approve it. We looked at the floodplain and every obvious thing that could be there before we got the go-ahead to go with this."
The price tag on the project is between $600,000-$700,000 and the payback will be aided by an $84,000 grant commissioners just received for the project.
"This is a grant we haven't counted on," Greathouse said. "Bob Vidas, our administrator, went out and found it for us which is a benefit for us. It saves us from taking it out of the bank. None of these dollars go against taxes. This is money we've saved and put aside."
After a pre-bid meeting that saw nine contractors show interest in the work, Greathouse anticipates the project to move smoothly from here on.
Greathouse anticipated them to accept a bid in the coming weeks and for construction to begin by August.

Hancock County expecting bids on new Magistrate Courthouse

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