The Wyoming County Commission has moved to its new space.
Faced with expanding needs, the commission and several agencies are now housed at the Riverside Complex (formerly Pineville Riverside) after acquiring the property from the Board of Education in the spring.
The commission held its first meeting at the new site on Wednesday.
Commission President Jason Mullins noted that the expenses connected with the entire moving process and sprucing up some rooms in the building were less than a few months rent at its old location.
“We did almost everything in-house,” he commented.
In addition to a commission meeting chamber, offices for commissioners, the WVU Extension Service, Pineville Public Library, Day Report Center, Drug Court, Corrections Center, Mental Hygiene Commission, classrooms and more will be housed in the facility.
“This is long term,” Mullins remarked. “It’s going to be our permanent home.”
“We’ve had great cooperation from the Board of Education,” said Commissioner Silas Mullins. “They’ve been very helpful in the move.”
“It shows how our group works together,” Jason Mullins stated.
“We want to say thanks to the board for the opportunity to have this facility,” said Commissioner Larry Mathis.
There is parking for the library and other parts of the facility, which will be handicapped-accessible.
The library will have 1,800 square feet, twice as much space as it does in its current location.
The strucuture is 20,000 square feet. “We’re not crowded,” Silas Mullins observed.
Signage and fencing are still to come.
Parts of the building have flooded in the past, but Silas Mullins says he does not expect it be an issue.
“Only about 10 percent of the building is in the 100-year flood plain,” he pointed out.
Drainage work and other steps have been taken since then. “That’s taken care of it,” he said.
Discussions with the BOE about the property began about three months ago, Silas Mullins indicated.
The move involved “a hard three weeks” of work.
“We did a lot of moving and painting before we moved in,” he noted.
The commissioners expressed their thanks to those who took part in the moving process.
One of the best things about the facility is, Silas Mullins says, that there is plenty of it.
“We have room to expand now ,” he commented. “Before, we had none.”
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: The Wyoming County Commission held its first meeting at the Riverside Complex on Wednesday in Pineville. From left: Commissioner Larry Mathis, Commission President Jason Mullins and Commissioner Silas Mullins.