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By JIM ROSS
For The State Journal

The cupola and bell tower atop the Cabell County Courthouse will be removed soon for repairs.

A large crane will lift the structure from the top of the courthouse dome and lower it to the ground for repair work and later replace the cupola when work is finished, County Manager Chris Tatum said.

Repair work should start soon and be finished by the end of summer, Tatum said.

The Cabell County Commission on June 12 awarded a contract to Angelina Stone and Marble of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for $246,725 to repair the deteriorating wood and metal structure. The company will be paid extra if it must repair any of the gold leaf on the dome or cupola.

Gold leaf was placed on the dome in the late 1990s. Tatum said the county has a box of gold leaf leftover from that work. The gold leaf was provided by local attorney and developer John Hankins.

Commissioner Bob Bailey voted against awarding the contract. He objected to awarding the contract to an Ohio company when a company from West Virginia also bid on the contract, but Angelina submitted the low bid.

Angelina’s base bid was $246,725, with an additional charge of $1.04 per square inch for repairs to the gold on the courthouse dome. Wiseman Construction of Charleston bid $326,000 on the base contract and $13.50 per square inch for the gold leaf repair. Tatum said the contract awarded to Angelina includes an additional amount for gold leaf repair.

The state is providing $100,000 toward the repairs through the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority. The county is paying the remainder of the cost.