Donat said getting rid of the bid process for projects less than $15,000 might involve looking more actively for vendors and contractors, but he believes it is still a better option for Putnam County.
"You might have a few more where you're calling people to get estimates or quotes, but we do that a lot as it is for under $5,000, and this will just expand that a little bit more," he said.
The commission also discussed the new increase in county fire fees this year. According to Andes, a member of the county's fire board, the county has only received one appeal of the increased fee so far.
The fee, which went into effect in January, raised the rate by 50 percent. The rate for residential households is based on the size of the home -- a household that previously paid a $20 fee now pays $30. Commercial properties are also charged on the square-footage of the properties, which can greatly increase the rate for larger buildings.
"We've had people calling to express their opinions one way or the other," Andes said. "The majority of the opinions are for it."
The first test of the disaster sirens installed across Putnam County is scheduled for noon today. The five towers, located in Poca, Winfield, Eleanor, Teays Valley and Hurricane, will be tested the fourth Wednesday of every month.
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