Parkersburg council OKs bid for $1.7 million fire station

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - Parkersburg City Council moved forward with the construction of a new fire station on Tuesday, unanimously approving the $1.7 million project.

Eight bids were opened earlier in the day, and a local company, Gray-Con, came in with the lowest bid. City officials said a 5 percent is added to the bid when securing the bond, as a normal precaution.

The new station is planned at the corner of Emerson and West Virginia avenue, next to the current station.

In other council news, five people spoke in the public forum, and several renewed their pleas for help addressing the homeless, crime and addiction problems they see plaguing the city.

Two people spoke in support of leaving a neighborhood basketball hoop in place along their street. They said they have seen no problems despite complaints from a vocal neighbor.

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