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OFFERS OPEN — The Brooke County Commission on Tuesday opened several bids submitted by Motorola for new equipment for the county’s 911 emergency center. –Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission at its Tuesday meeting opened several equipment deals for the county’s new 911 emergency center and authorized the issuance of bonds of up to $14 million for the construction of a judicial annex.

Submitted by Motorola Solutions, bids ranged from $1.8 million to $3.4 million, depending on length of included warranty and other factors, and were referred to Global Science Technology, an independent consultant hired to oversee the project.

Paul Lauttamus of Lauttamus Communications and Security, who has served the county in the past, was also present for the bid opening.

Lauttamus wished the commission well with the new center, which will include furniture supplied by the Weirton firm.

After the meeting, he said, “Lauttamus Communications and Security has installed many other 911 systems throughout the region and in the United States. Unfortunately, we were unable to provide a proposal to the Brooke County Commission. Our solution did not meet the requirements of the RFP set out by the commission. »

Plans call for the new center to be established in an area occupied until recently by the judge’s chambers for the courthouse’s main courtroom.

Used primarily by the 1st Judicial Circuit Court, it is part of the court facilities scheduled to be moved to the 33,000 square foot Court Annex not far from the Main and Sixth Street Courthouse.

The commission also approved the issuance of bonds for the annex project by the county building commission.

The bonds must be issued through the volunteer board as the county commission is prohibited from entering into a deal beyond their current terms.

Commission Chairman AJ Thomas noted that two readings for the bonds were approved by the board on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

The commission recently accepted a $12,399 bid from Rycon Construction of Pittsburgh for the project, which was designed by McKinley Architecture and Engineering of Wheeling.

Plans call for the three-story structure to house courtrooms and offices for the circuit, magistrate, and family courts; and offices for the county attorney and the probation service.

Other county departments will remain in the current courthouse.

Commissioners said this would provide adequate space and security for the courts.

Asked about the initial physical work for the project, Thomas said crews will use fill to raise the 0.37-acre lot to prevent flooding from the nearby Ohio River.

Thus, the first floor of the new building will be at the same level as the second floor of the current courthouse.

Plans to connect the two buildings were abandoned due to the expense involved.

County Commissioner Stacey Wise said after the old county museum was razed to the ground, the commission made sure the proper material was used to fill in the remaining basement.

The museum had moved to the former GC Murphy store on Charles Street several years ago.

In other cases, the commission reappointed Walter Ferguson, Rob Morris, Jill Nixon and Chatman Neely to the Brooke Hills Park board.

A volunteer is always needed for the county museum board. Interested persons should submit a letter of interest to County Clerk Kim Barbetta’s office at the courthouse.

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Aurora J. William