Cumberland Times-News

April 1, 2013

Fire station problems being solved

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — Carl Belt Inc. has been working to address many of the issues at Keyser Fire Station 1 located on West Piedmont Street.

On Wednesday, a plumber fixed a circulation pump on the hot water tank that had failed and also repaired a toilet, according to Mayor Randy Amtower. On Thursday, a company came out to fix the rear roll-up bay doors, which are controlled by a computer. Amtower said he was “totally satisfied” with the work the company did on the door.

Carl Belt met with Amtower and Fire Chief Chris Paitsel last week to discuss the issues.

“Belt has been very instrumental in getting things to move along,” said Amtower.

In addition, the sprinkler system alarm was wired backward so that it didn’t function properly and that problem is being corrected, according to Amtower. Some issues still need to be addressed at the building and Amtower doesn’t have a time frame on completion.

Paitsel indicated at a council meeting in January that the electronic roll-up bay doors wouldn’t go up. The doors, which come from England, are made of “flimsy material” and are barely insulated, said Paitsel.

The prime contractor for the $1.6 million building was Harbel Construction, a subsidiary of The Belt Group.

In other council news, the council voted Wednesday to table a vacant building ordinance so the matter could be discussed further in a work session.

The city doesn’t have a vacant building ordinance. The council also gave Geri Mason, executive director of the Mineral County Family Resource Network, approval to decorate the downtown area for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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