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This artist’s rendering shows a conceptual design for the new Wheeling Police Department headquarters on the former Ohio Valley Medical Center campus. (Picture provided)

WHEELING — Bids for construction of the new Wheeling Police Department headquarters opened Wednesday, and city leaders said they were eager to see renovations begin on a project that was in the planning stages For years.

At the last Wheeling City Council meeting, an ordinance was approved authorizing the transfer of ownership through the new Wheeling Municipal Building Commission and approving project finances for an amount not to exceed $8 million. . The city will use the money generated from the new city user fee – or city service fee – to repay bonds issued to fund the police headquarters project.

On Wednesday, bids for work from six different contractors were opened by city leaders. The lowest base bid of $6,537,000 was submitted by Waller Corporation of Washington, Pennsylvania.

However, six different alternatives were included in the tender documents, with each contractor submitting proposals for additional work for the replacement of windows, the cleaning of the exterior masonry veneer, the expansion of the exit port, the lowering the height of the roof and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning works of the locker system area, in addition to other alternative works outside the scope of the renovations under the basic tender contract.

Other contractors’ proposals and their base bid amounts included those submitted by Colaianni Construction, $7,150,000; Fairchance Construction, $7,200,000; Grae-Con Building, $6,857,000; Nello Construction, $7,017,000; and PCS & Build, $7,498,000. Bids are expected to be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to Wheeling City Council in August to award the contract and proceed with the project.

“It’s been a long journey, but I’m very, very proud to see this move come to fruition,” Mayor Glenn Elliott said. “I can’t wait for this building to be open here in about 18 months.”

For the past few years, city officials have worked to get the Wheeling Police Department out of cramped and outdated quarters inside the City-County Building on Chapline Street downtown. City voters rejected a $22 million public safety levy in 2018 that would have raised funds to build a new headquarters for Wheeling’s police and fire departments, despite a majority of voters said “yes” to the measure. The law requires 60% approval to pass such a levy, and the public safety measure garnered only 53% of voters who supported it.

In light of the failed majority vote, city leaders implemented user fees — a $2 per week fee for people working within city limits — in early 2020. From that $2 per week fee, $1 from each contributor is for construction. of the new police and fire headquarters – as well as related upgrades, and the other $1 is for various infrastructure projects around the city. Although the user fee implementation was controversial when it was first developed, city leaders noted that the projects that have unfolded in light of the new source of funding are making needed improvements to the city ​​that many residents welcome.

Council members noted that members of the police department will also welcome the new facility once it is complete.

“It seems like it’s been a long time since we got here,” Councilman Dave Palmer said. “But congratulations to all. We are getting closer every day.

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