Grants come to WV courthouses for much needed improvements

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(WVNS) — The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA) has announced funding for 20 projects to improve county courthouses across the state.  Several of those projects are for buildings in the southeast counties.  

The CFIA, which was established in 2001 by the West Virginia Legislature, granted $1.68 million in 2018.  There is no tax money used for these grants.  The money comes from fees for concealed weapons permits, marriage licenses, processing criminal bonds, felony cases, filing deeds and other circuit court fees.  

Counties receive grants of up to $100,000 to modify existing courthouses or build new facilities.  The counties must match at least 20 percent of the granted amount.  Below is a list of the courthouses receiving grants in 2018:

Berkeley County, $100,000 grant to repair cornice structures and belt courses. The total project cost is $210,380.

Boone County, $100,000 grant to replace concrete and work on a retaining wall. The total project cost is $149,890.

Brooke County, $100,000 grant to replace lighting with LED lighting. The total project cost is $133,800. Doddridge County, $100,000 grant to repair brick and stone masonry. The total project cost is $2.5 million.

Fayette County, $100,000 grant to clean and repoint brick masonry. The total project cost is $129,600.

Hancock County, $64,640 grant to replace rotting wood, doors and windows. The total project cost is $80,800.

Harrison County, $100,000 grant for second phase of a project to install mechanical controls and duct work. The total project cost is $860,000.

Mason County, $43,560 grant to fix mortar joints and repair the bell tower. The total project cost is $54,450.

Mercer County, $100,000 grant to build a ramp and replace sidewalks and handrails. The total project cost is $193,930.

Mingo County, $87,440 grant to replace the HVAC chiller unit. The total project cost is $109,300.

Nicholas County, $100,000 grant to replace the courthouse roof. The total project cost is $146,044.

Ohio County, $100,000 to renovate the front entrance of the courthouse to improve security. The total project cost is $175,000.

Putnam County, $26,400 grant to repair a failing retaining wall. The total project cost is $33,000.

Raleigh County, $61,600 grant to replace sidewalks and stairs. The total project cost is $77,000.

Randolph County, $100,000 grant to replace or repair the original clay tile roof. The total cost is $194,400.

Roane County, $100,000 grant to replace the courthouse roof. The total project cost is $132,000.

Summers County, $100,000 grant to install a sprinkler system (phased project). The total project cost is $125,000.

Wayne County, $84,525 grant to replace the clock tower and cupola. The total project cost is $123,000.

Wood County, $100,000 grant to replace the roof on the bell tower. The total project cost is $212,196.

Wyoming County, $14,400 grant to repair the courtroom ceiling and install a drip safety. The total project cost is $18,000.

The CFIA board consists of two members from each of several organizations: The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association, West Virginia County Clerks’ Association, West Virginia Circuit Clerks’ Association, West Virginia County Commissioners’ Association, and West Virginia Assessors’ Association. An advisory board has two members each from the West Virginia Judicial Association, the West Virginia Magistrates’ Association, and the West Virginia Family Judicial Association. West Virginia Senator Chandler Swope and Delegate Brent Boggs also are on the advisory board.

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