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The Marshall County Courthouse will undergo three major upgrades over the next year, as commissioners last week approved a $6.7 million contract with SQP Construction Group Inc., of St. Albans, in West Virginia. SQP stands for Safety, Quality and Performance.

This will be the first time in 46 years that the building has undergone major upgrades, the previous time involving adding space to the east side of the building and installing four large pillars at the front of the building.

The works to be undertaken will be those of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electricity and security.

Commissioners over the past 10 years have discussed this project and funds have been set aside, especially in the past two years.

The commissioners decided to award the contract on Tuesday, although only one bid was received.

They had the submission reviewed by a representative of an architectural firm who informed the commissioners that the submission met all the prescribed standards.

There were several other issues the commissioners discussed at their meeting, one being asking a company to provide a county-wide Comprehensive Housing Study and Needs Assessment (HSNA).

Of course, in order to select firm closed offers must be received by the commissioners.

Bids must be received at the county clerk’s office by 9 a.m. on June 7, and on the same day, at 9:15 a.m., bids will be opened at the county commission meeting.

Complete application materials can be obtained by calling the county clerk’s office at 304-845-0482, or by emailing [email protected]

The scope of work that the county commission seeks to provide a thorough analysis of current and future needs for affordable, market-rate labor and other housing options of current and future households. The commissioners are also looking to identify more quantifiable recommendations to fill the gaps in the current, short-term and long-term periods.

HSNA will analyze current housing conditions, needs, and creative, evidence-based strategies across the housing continuum, both regulatory and non-regulatory, to meet the needs of Marshall County residents throughout Marshall County and the five municipalities.

The commissioners, who have no idea they are in the real estate business, will provide data to the winning bidder.

Some of the information they are looking for includes a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a housing survey and a needs assessment. They will also pass on the county’s 2020 census counts, overall median household income, population and median household income for each of the four cities, as well as some of the housing issues they think they have.

Each of the cities will receive reports once the assessment is complete.

Commissioners also approved two Relay For Life county proclamations on behalf of Relay For Life.

One of them being Marshall County’s “Paint the Town Purple” day, and the other being the Relay For Life event.

Paint the Town Purple Days throughout Marshall County is in effect through June 17.

The days draw attention to the Relay for Life event.

Citizens can participate by hanging purple banners, flags, ribbons, wreaths, and using purple bulbs in porch lights.

The Relay For Life event will take place on June 17 from 6 to 11:30 a.m. at John Marshall High School North Parking Lot. The proclamation shows support for people living with cancer and honors those who have lost their lives to cancer.


Another issue discussed by the committee at the meeting was whether to allow Amy Carmichael to release the list of overdue taxes for 2021 which she says is about the same size as in recent years.

Marshall County Spring Cleaning Dumpsters will be available today/Saturday at Benwood Industrial Park and the Old McMechen Football Field, both from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marshall County residents are welcome to use either dumpster.

If you’re near the Old West Virginia Penitentiary today/Saturday, you might want to head to the facility in Moundsville Center where more than 50 people are expected to sell items.

The event is sponsored by the Market Committee of the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC).

Many individuals will have homemade items, while others will have goods that they sell on a daily basis.

It will cost you a dollar to enter, but you could win a prize, one of which will be a large grill.

The hours of the event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blake Brothers American Legion Station No. 46 will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Thursday.

The Red Cross will be located on the second floor of the BBALP meeting room with an elevator available for those with walking difficulties.

Walk-ins will be gladly accepted and early registration is available at, then type Blake into the “Find a Drive” search slot.

If you have any questions or need help logging in, call the post office at 304-232-4798 or Rich Crumm at 304-281-8200.

The historic Cameron B&O Freight Depot will be open Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 30 (Monday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be the town’s collection of Cameron Clay Products and model train exhibits.

This event is organized by the Greater Cameron Area Commission.

For more information, call 304-780-6264.

Nominations to the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame are due July 1, after which the WOF committee will review them.

Nomination forms are available on the John Marshall High School website at ( under the “INFORMATION” tab.

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