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This 17th Street building in Wheeling is the planned new headquarters for the Grow Ohio Valley Food Hub. GrowOV could receive $ 620,000 for the project if the federal spending bill currently debated in Congress is passed. (Photo by Derek Redd)

WHEELING – The federal spending bill debated in Congress includes funding for improvements to make the former Ohio Valley Medical Center marketable, as well as money to equip the new Wheeling Police Department headquarters, according to US Senator Joe Manchin.

Manchin, DW.Va., provided a list of bills he has guaranteed that are contained in the appropriation bills that make up the federal budget bill.

“I’m glad to see the Democratic appropriations bills include many of the priorities for West Virginia that I’ve fought for – including water and wastewater improvements, investments in healthcare and education, (and) transportation projects and economic development opportunities for West Virginia, ”Manchin said in a statement. “While these bills are a first step, we must find a bipartisan compromise to pass a reasonable and fiscally sound spending bill.”

Manchin reiterated that he would not vote for legislation that did not include the Hyde Amendment – a legislative provision prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, except to save a woman’s life, or if the pregnancy results from incest or rape.

“I expect the final spending bill to include this language,” he said.

The proposed projects and the preliminary funding figures described are subject to the final adoption of the budget bill, he noted.

Funding for two of the projects guaranteed by Manchin would be directed to the town of Wheeling and projects on the OVMC campus property it owns.

There is a suggested $ 1.001 million to equip the new Wheeling Police Department headquarters with additional technology, including computers, data servers and security.

Another $ 500,000 is proposed “to undertake the design and engineering of the public infrastructure – including HVAC and energy efficiency systems – needed to reopen the hospital and health complex of the Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC).

The improvements wouldn’t be limited to installing a new ventilation system, said Wheeling city manager Robert Herron. He said there are ongoing discussions about the work that will take place on the OVMC campus.

“It can include anything from demolition to rehabilitation, but no decision has been made,” he said.

“As we move forward, this funding will go a long way to helping us formulate a project on this site. We really appreciate the honorable senator’s efforts to make this happen.

He said the city launched a year-long project last month to renovate the old Valley Professional Center building into the new headquarters of the Wheeling Police Department, and that the project “is progressing well.”

Herron said ideas on what is needed for the new facility have been submitted to the Manchin office, and he again thanked Manchin for his help in the city. Herron also thanked Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va. He said many of the assignments offered for their region are jointly sponsored.

The Grow Ohio Valley Food Hub is also listed to receive $ 620,000 in the budget bill. The money is intended for the completion of “program-specific critical building and fixtures and furnishings renovations, including commercial kitchen appliances, food processing equipment and other equipment for the Wheeling Food. Hub.

“The Food Hub has the potential to transform the local food system – and for farmers, restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs,” said Danny Swan, executive director of Grow Ohio Valley.

“We know this funding has not yet crossed the finish line and that we have yet to pass a budget. But we are still grateful to Sens. Capito and Manchin for investing in West Virginia farmers and small businesses.

Wheeling Food Hub director Vincent DeGeorge said the Food Hub’s goal is to provide farmers and food suppliers with everything they need to get their produce from the farm to a restaurant or market.

Elsewhere in the Northern Panhandle, the town of Weirton is expected to receive $ 22.47 million to increase the capacity of the town’s water treatment system.

Another $ 4 million has been earmarked for improvements to the West Virginia Port Rail Bridge in Brooke County. Rail infrastructure and upgrades are planned at the site.

The town of New Martinsville is expected to receive $ 1.15 million for a fire department. The money would be used to help relocate and consolidate two stations to improve emergency response times.

Also in New Martinsville, $ 58,000 is being offered to purchase a vehicle and body cameras for its law enforcement officers. The city currently does not have the funds to provide body cameras to all of its agents, according to information provided by Manchin.

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