Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority grants $1.68 million for repairs to state judicial buildings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. โ€“ The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA) has granted $1.68 million for projects around the state in 2018.

The Legislature established the CFIA in 2001 (ยง29-26-1). Fees for concealed weapons permits, marriage licenses, processing criminal bonds, felony cases, filing deeds and various other circuit court fees fund the grants and pay the salary of the one CFIA employee. No tax money is used. Counties can receive grants of up to $100,000 each to modify existing courthouses or to build new facilities. Counties must provide at least a 20 percent match and can apply for a grant each year.

The Fifteenth Funding Cycle (2018 Projects) are as follows.

Berkeley County, $100,000 grant to repair cornice structures and belt courses. The total project cost is $210,380.

Boone County, $100,000 grant to replace concrete and work on a retaining wall. The total project cost is $149,890.

Brooke County, $100,000 grant to replace lighting with LED lighting. The total project cost is $133,800.

Doddridge County, $100,000 grant to repair brick and stone masonry. The total project cost is $2.5 million.

Fayette County, $100,000 grant to clean and repoint brick masonry. The total project cost is $129,600.

Hancock County, $64,640 grant to replace rotting wood, doors and windows. The total project cost is $80,800.

Harrison County, $100,000 grant for second phase of a project to install mechanical controls and duct work. The total project cost is $860,000.

Mason County, $43,560 grant to fix mortar joints and repair the bell tower. The total project cost is $54,450.

Mercer County, $100,000 grant to build a ramp and replace sidewalks and handrails. The total project cost is $193,930.

Mingo County, $87,440 grant to replace the HVAC chiller unit. The total project cost is $109,300.

Roane County, $100,000 grant to replace the courthouse roof. The total project cost is $132,000.

Summers County, $100,000 grant to install a sprinkler system (phased project). The total project cost is $125,000.

Wayne County, $84,525 grant to replace the clock tower and cupola. The total project cost is $123,000.

Wood County, $100,000 grant to replace the roof on the bell tower. The total project cost is $212,196.

Wyoming County, $14,400 grant to repair the courtroom ceiling and install a drip safety. The total project cost is $18,000.

The CFIA board consists of two members from each of several organizations: The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association, West Virginia County Clerks’ Association, West Virginia Circuit Clerks’ Association, West Virginia County Commissioners’ Association, and West Virginia Assessors’ Association. An advisory board has two members each from the West Virginia Judicial Association, the West Virginia Magistrates’ Association, and the West Virginia Family Judicial Association. West Virginia Senator Chandler Swope and Delegate Brent Boggs also are on the advisory board.

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