County pays bills for W.P. Snyder project

As 2014 began its second day, the work of the Washington County Commissioners was business as usual.

With a small agenda at the weekly meeting Thursday, commissioners set about signing off on invoices from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for work on the W.P. Snyder.

The Snyder, part of the Ohio River Museum in Marietta and the only remaining steam-powered sternwheel towboat in the United States, is in the middle of a $958,000 project to restore it to its original glory.

“It’s a work in progress,” said Rick Peoples, commission clerk. “They invoice as the work progresses.”

Peoples said the invoices are asking for payment as certain parts of the project are completed.

Two invoices were for work done by Amherst Madison, the Charleston-based ship company completing repairs on the Snyder at a dry dock in Henderson W.Va. The invoices total $55,700 and $133,702. A credit for around $40,000 appears on the second invoice.

Big ticket items on the first invoice were mobilization and transport for $20,000, removing and replacing the main deck for $8,000, noted as a work in progress, and removing and replacing the fan tail (walkway on either side of the paddlewheel) and small side deck at the rear of the boat for $27,700.

Larger items on the second invoice include more costs to remove and replace the main deck at $100,000, removing and replacing the boiler deck for $17,430 and repairing the side bumpers (1/4- to 3/8-inch thick steel that hangs over the hull about six inches to protect it from impact) at $36,250.

Three invoices are for talks with an engineering consultant, totaling $920, $5,909 and $3,677.

Peoples said the county is involved with the grants on the W.P. Snyder restoration project, so the invoices must be shared with commissioners.

“It’s a formality,” Peoples said. “ODOT is saying these amounts are right and (Amherst Madison is) doing the work. The county is in the mix with the grant so they have to sign off on the invoice.”

In other business, commissioners agreed for the auditor to send letters to delinquent sewer account holders notifying them that their accounts are delinquent.