By Sarah Richardson

At the Tuesday Greenbrier County Commission meeting, tensions were high as a bid for mass grading at the SportsPlex site passed in a 2-1 vote. The bid, which totaled $1,060,117, will cover mass grading for 85 acres of the 140-acre site. Mass grading is the moving of earth and soils in order to create a solid base foundation for a building or structure. The original bid, submitted by Kanawha Stone, Inc. of Charleston, was $1,530,922, but was reduced after removing the costs of drainage work.

Situated off of Brush Road, the SportsPlex is a county-planned project to create a park and recreation area located above the Greenbrier River Trail. Construction has been underway for over two years, and ultimately the end goal is for the site to host baseball, tennis, and basketball courts, along with walking trails, horseshoes, archery grounds, and more.

Commissioner Tammy Shiflett-Tincher spoke out against the project as a whole, saying, “I am not in support of the project, it’s not a financially responsible move for the county to make.” Nearly $1M has been spent already on the land and work on the site, and after the mass grading bid was approved, the total has…

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