PARKERSBURG - Wood County commissioners have signed off on a contract for a drainage project to begin within the next month at the Wood County Courthouse.
The job will include not only repair of damaged, aged clay pipes inside the courthouse, which have caused numerous leaking problems over the years, but also redirection of the stormwater drainage system to comply with current environmental protection regulations.
The courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed back in 1899, long before stormwater runoff became an environmental concern.
Work on a drainage project at the Wood County Courthouse is slated to begin soon. The county received a West Virginia Courthouse Facilities grant for the job.
The commissioners earlier accepted a bid of $63,500 from L&L Contractors of Burnsville, W.Va., for the job.
The county has been awarded a West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority grant for $92,040 for the work.
County Administrator Marty Seufer said any funding difference between the grant and the actual cost will be returned to the authority.
"The county does have to provide a 20 percent match for the grant, but the match is based on the amount of funds actually spent," Seufer said.
The contract calls for completion of the project in 65 days.
"I don't think it will take that long though," Seufer said.
County officials said they anticipate startup of the project within about a month.
"There is still a drainage problem with water coming down into the first floor and they are still looking at that; this project won't address that," the administrator said.
While repairs are underway, the drainage will be redirected to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA regulations note as water runoff flows over land and paved streets, parking lots and building rooftops it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated.