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Key Staff for "The Bridge" Complex Coming Together as Council Introduced to Hires, including BHS Alum

February 09, 2021
When The Bridge opens its doors on the $50 million indoor sports and recreation complex in the city, it will be staffed by plenty of new faces. As it turns out, some of them will be familiar ones.
 
During Monday’s Bridgeport City Council meeting, The Bridge General Manager Droo Callahan announced a trio of hires for the complex. One with strong West Virginia ties, one with out-of-state ties, and one with ties to Bridgeport.
 
Callahan introduced Ryan McCoy from Savannah, Ga., who will serve as The Bridge Fitness Manager. McCoy, according to those involved, brings a wealth of knowledge and will be setting up programming for the complex for all ages.
 
As for the individual with West Virginia ties, Callahan introduced Daron Washington from Cleveland. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Washington spent several years coaching the basketball program at Alderson Broaddus.
 
The most familiar name is one that is not only local but is a product of Bridgeport High School. BHS alum Chase Robey will be part of the new team at the complex.
 
“I couldn’t be any more excited to be working here in this city,” said Robey.
 
Robey and Washington will serve in the same capacity. Parks and Recreation Director Joe Shuttleworth said they are sports managers for The Bridge.
 
Council quickly and unanimously approved a contract with Alco Fence Company of Fairmont for $14,386 for a pair of fencing projects. One involves installing chain link fencing near the spillway at Deegan Lake and the other involves replacing railing original to the Benedum Civic Center along a retaining way with ornamental fencing.
 
Both projects are being done for safety purposes. Shuttleworth said there have been no issues at either location but is being done for precautionary purposes.
 
Council also approved reappointments to a pair of boards. Dan Ferrell will serve a term that will expire June 30, 2022 on the Bridgeport Library Board, while Doug Gray was reappointed for a three-year term to the Bridgeport Planning Commission.
 
The only other item on the agenda was to approve a change order for Terradon Corporation out of Nitro. The company was seeking a change order to continue construction management and special management services to The Bridge Sports Complex.
 
The original inspection contract was $428,000. Since then, a previous change order of $163,000-plus was added and this time this change order is for $150,000.
 
Council opted to postpone the change order. They directed staff to review the original contract and report with information at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
 
Matt Glaspey explained the need for the change order. He said this change order will go to the conclusion of the project. Community Development Director Andrea Kerr said multiple weekends have been added and numerous areas that took much more time led to the change order.

Terradon oversees all the construction being done by contractor A.M. Higley and the multiple subcontractors. The change order is to cover additional inspection work done by the company.
 
Council’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 22. At that meeting, there will be discussion on status of relocating or renovating the city’s Main Street fire station.
 
Tonight’s meeting saw the majority of Council’s members attend via video conference.
 
Editor's Note: Top photo shows, from left, The Bridge General Manager Droo Callahan with Mayor Andy Lang, who are joined by Sports Managers Chase Robey and Darren Washington. Bottom photo shows the gathering at Monday's meeting. Photos by Kyle Jenkins of Ben Queen Photography.