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County Awards Contract for New Extension Office

County Awards Contract for New Extension Office

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

On Tuesday, the Troup County Board of Commissioners voted to award the contract for Construction Manager at-Risk Services for the new Troup County Agricultural Extension Office that will be built on Pegasus Parkway to River City Contracting, Inc. out of Fortson, Ga.

There was some debate on the bidding process in the previous commissioners meeting, but ultimately county staff calculated that River City submitted the lowest bid. The bid provided an estimate for the preconstruction fee, bonds and insurance, monthly overhead cost, and a management fee at a cost of at $151,225.

The overall cost for the million-dollar budgeted project will only be finalized after architectural designs are completed and a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) can be agreed upon. The project is being paid for using special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) funds.

In other business, the commissioners approved a request from Solicitor Sandra Taylor to lift the hiring freeze for a part-time assistant solicitor to fill a role that was vacated several months ago.

The commissioners also approved a budget amendment in order to pay a repair bill for the roof at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center that came in unexpectedly high after repairs were needed to pipes for the indoor pool system.

Purchasing Director Diana Evans advised that no one knew the pipes on the roof were damaged and needed to be repaired. When the repair bill came in, it was much larger than expected at $35,436.39. She explained that there simply wasn’t enough money in the current budget to pay the bill unless it was amended.

The commissioners also signed off on the acceptance of a Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) grant in the amount of $49,000 to pay for the replacement of a K-9 vehicle and bomb dog maintenance for the Troup County Sheriff’s Office. There are no matching funds required for the acceptance of the grant.

The next regular meeting for the Troup County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Troup County Government Center.

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