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Courthouse Renovation Committee Questions Increase In Price

Last updated on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

(BEDFORD) - Lawrence County Councilman Keith Dillman updated the council on the renovations at the courthouse.

Dillman informed the council the renovation committee was at a standstill with Architura and Ameresco because the final price for replacing the more than 100 windows and installing a new variable refrigerant flow heating, ventilation and air conditioning system had increased from the original amount the companies had told officials.

"It went up about a quarter million dollars," Dillman says. "The pricing on replacing the windows stayed the same at $80,000 but we couldn't come to an agreement on the heating and cooling."

The committee asked that Architura, who would replace the windows and Ameresco, who would be overseeing the heating and cooling units, to come back with a revised price tag.

"The bottom line is the price went up and commissioner Dave Flinn made it clear to them that we were not happy with those figures," Dillman said. "We asked them to come back new figures. They were to meet with us (the renovation committee) this morning. We were all here, but they didn't show up."

The renovations will be paid using $1 million from the sale of Dunn Memorial Hospital and $1 million from the county's Rainy Day fund with a speculation - that $500,000 will be paid back at $100,000 each year from Cum-Cap.

Renovations were to begin in November.

In other business:

* The council approved a quarterly transfer of $4,389.00 from the prosecutor's office pretrial diversion line item to the victim assistant line item to pay the salary for Diana Reynolds.

* The council approved the hiring of a part-time public health specialist for the Lawrence County Health Department to replace an employee that retired.

* The council approved Sheriff Sam Craig's request to transfer $10,000 to cover the cost of over-time hours for officer till the end of the year. Craig told the council the line item funds were low because two officers, who were injured, were off and other officers had to cover their shifts and the department hired a new officer, who for a period of time, had to work under the supervision of another officer during his training.

* The council appointed Elizabeth Freeman to the Mitchell Public Library board.

* The council approved Superior Court Judge Michael Robbins' request to hire a bailiff. His current bailiff will be leaving November 9.

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