Given said Wednesday that the state plans to conduct a "physical inventory" of the state's 96 tower sites.
Last summer, state officials overseeing the broadband expansion project announced that $9 million would be left over from the $126.3 million grant.
In October, the state Office of Technology solicited ideas for spending the excess funds. Telecommunications firms submitted numerous project proposals, and state officials started evaluating the projects several weeks ago.
The state has put that review on hold, Given told the companies in a letter sent out this week.
Given wrote that federal and state officials "both agree it is important to repair the damage before the remaining funds are allocated to additional projects."
Federal officials also recently announced that grant recipients -- including the state of West Virginia -- could petition to extend broadband project deadlines to Sept. 30.
If West Virginia doesn't receive an extension, the state risks having to return millions of dollars in unspent stimulus funds.
"If necessary, we plan to seek an extension of the grant to ensure we are able to repair the damage done by the storm," Given wrote. "Once the need for additional repairs has been assessed, the grant implementation team will reassess the funds available and notify you of their intent to proceed."
Given said state officials haven't discussed whether to ask for an extension through Sept. 30 -- or an earlier date.
The U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General and West Virginia Legislative Auditor are reviewing the state's use of the $126.3 million grant.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.