County Road Department Building to be Razed
By Matt Sharpe
The County Road Department will get a new building in the near future following a vote by county commissioners to demolished the department’s existing building.
County Manager Jim Wheeless updated county commissioners on the project.
The building, formerly the Public Works Building across from the old fairgrounds, will be torn down and replaced with a 50x75 metal building. Cost for the demolition is expected to be around $40,000 with high priority being given to the removal of asbestos and lead testing.
The total cost for removal and replacement of the building is expected to be around $217,000. Of that, the metal building will run around $100,000. An office area will be constructed using in-house labor will cost around $58,000. An architect’s rending of the building will be $11,200.
A total of $150,000 was set aside in the 2016 SPLOST for the road department and public buildings.
In other business, county commissioners approved additional expenditures using 2016 SPLOST funds. Lights for the parking lot at the Senior Center were approved at a cost of $1,597. Patio furniture for the outdoor seating area at the center was also approved. A plasma cutter for the road department was approved for purchase using SPLOST funds, along with eight outdoor security cameras for the courthouse. The cameras will come with a price tag of $4,423. While all of those projects were approved by commissioners, one project that involves replacing the carpet in the upstairs area of the Government Complex was put on hold. The cost for the project is $13,522. The carpet was to be replaced with the same laminate flooring that was placed on the bottom floor of the building last month. Commissioner James Ellington questioned why the project needed to be done and added that he looked at the carpet and he thinks the flooring could wait for at least a year before it needs to be replaced. The project was put on hold by commissioners.
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