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Fire company not sure it wants grant

November 12, 1997

Fire company not sure it wants grant

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Cecil Underwood recently announced a $25,000 grant had been awarded for the construction of an addition to the Back Creek Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue building, but company officials haven't decided whether to accept the money.

The money from the Governor's Community Partnership Grants would be used for a two-level, 4,000-square-foot addition.

"This grant is not for sure because they attached some stipulations to it," Back Creek President Bob Pugh said Monday. He said one of them included complying with the prevailing wage law, which would inflate the cost of the project.

According to Pugh, the company wants to use as much volunteer labor as possible when building the addition, which has an estimated cost of $150,000. He said the conditions attached to the grant, awarded Friday, could double the cost.

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Pugh said the fire company has asked for help from Sen. Harry Dugan, R-Berkeley, and Del. Larry Faircloth, R-Berkeley, in getting a waiver on the prevailing wage law.

Chief Jerry Swain said the addition would include sleeping and washing facilities, which are needed when housing people in disaster situations and for washing down fire and rescue personnel after incidents involving hazardous materials.

Another grant for $6,500 was announced for Hedgesville High School to complete six tennis courts.

Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, last week presented the Berkeley County Board of Education with another $21,000 state grant to help with the project.

She said then that the school's athletic boosters had raised approximately $27,000 for the tennis courts.

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