Bridgeport Council discuss Rec Complex upgrades; postpone Flemington mutual aid agreement

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Bridgeport City Council met Monday night discussing electrical upgrades to be made to the Recreation Complex.

Council members voted unanimously to enter into a contract with H & S Controls and Instrumentation of Grafton to provide the necessary electrical upgrades. The cost of those upgrades will be $9,848 with no contingency anticipated.

Also, work is still ongoing for the Indoor Recreation Complex, weather has hindered some of the dirt removal.  

“The problem comes in is the way HREA’s (Harrison Rural Electrification Association) power comes in and is configured, it at times can have a surge to it and it fries our equipment. And we’ve worked with HREA, there is not much they can do about it,” said Kim Haws, Bridgeport City Manager.  

Bridgeport City Manager, Kim Haws, said that the upgrades made will be like installing a surge protector to help manage the power.

Also, during Monday night’s meeting Council voted to postpone a mutual aid agreement and memorandum of understanding between the City of Bridgeport and the Flemington Volunteer Fire Department.  

“We were approached by the Flemington Fire Department, they struggle as most volunteer fire departments in the state with being able to provide coverage during the daytime hours because their volunteers are working. And the downtime, if there were and event in one of these small communities it really takes a long time for mutual aid to arrive. So, the concept here is that we would work in cooperation, could be a model for the entire state, we would work in cooperation with the Flemington Fire Department,” said Haws.

Haws also stated that the Flemington Fire Department would give a certain amount of money to hire two full time firemen that would be stationed in the Flemington area.

Flemington would provide equipment for the two firemen, but they would be trained as Bridgeport Firemen.  

“We can kind of interchange and keep things flowing. They would have the professional training that Bridgeport is known for. And the other benefit is that our Bridgeport mutual aid goes out and up to the Taylor County line which is right next door to Flemington. So, it makes some since that if there is an incident in Flemington, they’ve got two folks that can respond immediately to a fire and get things started while the mutual aid arrives,” said Haws.  

Bridgeport City Council also approved a consideration to provide a minimum revenue guarantee for the North Central West Virginia Airport for Saturday flights to Dulles International Airport. 

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