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City obtains grant fund for improvements


November 6, 2012
Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

NEW CUMBERLAND -City Council on Monday approved acceptance of a West Virginia state grant to make improvements to the Municipal Building's multi-purpose room.

The $5,000 West Virginia Community Improvement grant will be used for a curtain divider between the room's banquet hall and gymnasium, according to George Hines, city community service director.

"You can get a motorized (divider) or a hand-drawn divider," said Hines, adding motorized dividers can cost up to $20,000. "We don't need a motorized divider."

The city will be responsible for 10 percent of the cost as well as any additional costs exceeding $5,000, said Hines. The city also will have to accept at least three bids for installation and materials costs because of recent changes in state law requiring any municipal expense or project exceeding more than $2,500 to go to bid, said Hines.

In other matters, council:

Approved the city's Thanksgiving holiday break from Nov. 22-25. All city offices will be closed.

Approved a bid of $54.780 per ton of salt for use on city streets during inclement weather.

Tabled two items relating to city improvements, including computer and water service upgrades, until a later date.

Approved giving city employees their annual appreciation checks on Nov. 30.

Heard from Patti Binkowski and Missy Perkins of the New Cumberland Park Board concerning the city park board's levy on today's ballot.

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