Gibbons & Kawash was awarded the contract despite the fact that the company submitted the high bid of $56,000. Suttle & Stalnaker PLLC submitted a $53,000 bid.
Perry & Associates submitted a $43,000 bid and Teed & Associates submitted a $38,000 bid.
However, the commissioners unanimously opted to go with Gibbons & Kawash because they were familiar with the company's work from past audits. The commissioners and county staff were also satisfied with the company's work during last year's audit.
"In my opinion Gibbons & Kawash go above and beyond," county Chief Fiscal Officer David Fontalbert said.
Commissioners also unanimously agreed to withhold $20,000 from both the Tornado and Handley volunteer fire departments. Neither department has turned in financial tax forms to the commission despite numerous requests to do so, Carper said.
However, Handley officials are attempting to get their financial records in order and provide them to the commission, Carper said.
The Tornado Fire Department has not returned any calls from county staff, said Dale Petry, director of Kanawha County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
"We haven't been able to get a hold of anyone with Tornado at all," he said.
Commissioners also agreed to withhold $10,000 from the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department.
The Smithers department, which serves part of Kanawha and Fayette counties, is under investigation by the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Hardy said.
The commissioners also approved a $95,000 request by the Elk Valley Public Service District to raise a pump station near Mink Shoals out of a floodplain.
The money will come from the coal severance fund.
The entire project will cost about $189,000, county Project Manager Colt Sandoro said. The public service district will provide the remaining funds, he said.