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August 14, 2008

Rivesville officials hope to demolish Bossi Building

As part of their effort to revitalize riverfront

RIVESVILLE — For years, the Bossi Building dominated a portion of the Monongahela River in town, but officials are working to have the building demolished as part of their effort to revitalize the riverfront.

The building has become dilapidated over the years, and Mayor Tammie Crites has even gone as far as to call it a safety hazard. The walls of the building, which sits next to the Rivesville Town Hall, are severely cracked, Crites said.

However, it is not simply a matter of tearing the building down and hauling the debris to a landfill. The old structure contains asbestos, which means that certain precautions must be taken.

The price tag for the demolition project is around $58,000. The town council members along with the mayor have been working to secure funding to pay for the demolition, and now they have received it, according to Crites.

The town had already received money from the state to fund the demolition, thanks to the Marion County state delegation.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, Crites informed the council members that the rest of the money had been secured from the state.

“I’m hoping we can have it torn down by this winter,” Crites said.

The demolition of old buildings was not the only topic discussed by the council members. Upgrading a water pump station in the town limits was also discussed. The electrical system which operates the pump station is in need of repair.

B&M; Environmental had submitted a bid of $2,242.68 for the work. The bid included both materials and labor, Crites said.

However, Jim Hershman, council member, pointed out that the control panel for the pump station must be moved, which could affect the cost. The council members agreed to accept the bid providing the cost did not increase by more than 25 percent because of the panel being moved.

Hershman also broached the topic of economic development within the town. Hershman asked the other council members to consider developing land near the town’s ballfield.

Crites suggested that the proposal to develop the property be put before the county’s economic development authority.

E-mail Paul Fallon at pfallon@timeswv.com.

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