Commission awards bid for tower restoration
HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Commission awarded a bid Thursday to complete the restoration of the courthouse bell tower.
The contract was awarded to Angelina Stone and Marble of St. Clairsville, Ohio, near Weirton, West Virginia.
The company will do the work for $246,725 plus $1.04 for each square foot of gold leaf used beyond 10 feet.
Gold leaf accents the roof line of the tower on the exterior.
There were only two bids for the project, the other coming from Wiseman Construction of Charleston, which would have charged $326,000 plus $13.50 for each additional square foot of gold leaf.
Commissioner Bob Bailey voted against the winning bid, expressing frustration that the money was going to an Ohio company.
"We can't get anyone in Huntington or Cabell County to do this?" he said. "That's a quarter of a million dollars. We're sending a lot out of the community."
Commission President Nancy Cartmill responsed that perhaps more bids weren't received because of the scale of the project.
"It's a lot to take on," she said.
Both bids were opened at a commission meeting last month. Bailey didn't voice any objection at the time, though there were some questions about the bids meeting the county's specifications.
The main scope of the project involves replacing wooden beams that are deteriorating in the tower, restoring its structural integrity.
Of the total cost, the commission has $100,000 in grant money to fund the project. The rest will come out of the county budget.
The tower was part of the original construction of the courthouse, which took place between 1897 and 1901.
The dome on the outside of the tower was restored in 1997.
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