Commission approves rent increase for Jackson County Day Report Center

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission approved a rent increase for the Jackson County Day Report Center to continue to house its operations.

Wood County, through its Day Report Center, has overseen the operations at the Jackson County Day Report Center for about 10 years, Commission President Blair Couch said.

”The rent hasn’t been raised (over the last 10 years),” he said on Monday.

The landlord of the property requested a rent increase.

The rent will go from $1,100 a month to $1,550 a month with the same terms. The commission approved it unanimously.

”That is a fair rent,” Couch said.

Officials have looked in the past for another site, but a more suitable site has not been located. Couch said the best option would have been a piece of property that would have cost $2,800 a month plus utilities.

The location is well located across from the Jackson County Courthouse in Ripley and is considered a good location to be able to serve the clients, Couch said.

In other business, the commission approved a bid of $5,400 to fix a developing sinkhole behind the Shaver Judicial Annex.

The bid came from Myer’s Paving of Henderson, W.Va.

The space is around 20-foot by 35-foot, according to Wood County Maintenance Supervisor Melvin Swiger. It appears to be a dip in the concrete with water collecting on top of it, but Swiger is concerned. He is not sure what is causing dirt to be washed away underneath.

Swiger presented three bids to the commission and recommended Myer’s because it listed putting 8 inches of fill material, called “crush and run,” after it is dug out. Crush and run is comprised of pulverized stone and stone dust. It would stabilize the base and allow the contractor to repair it and pave over it when done.

Commissioners agreed Swiger needs to check with local businesses that deal with concrete to see if any can be used as fill.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com