News Briefs June 5, 2014

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 02:43 PM.


Commission discusses jail roof

At their May 20 meeting, county commissioners discussed replacing the roof at the county jail on County Road 65 in Eastpoint.

“The dilemma is that while the office and jail need a new roof, and the Hazard Mitigation grant provides some funds, the grant only provides 75 percent, and so the county is responsible for the rest,” County Planner Alan Pierce said. “The county’s share could be as much as $194,000 in cash, or in-kind. The county does not have that much cash.”

Pierce said he was investigating whether it is realistic to try and use county labor for the match. “Contractors don’t normally want to rely upon someone else’s labor,” he said.

He said the county wanted the contractor to warrantee the construction.

Commissioner Pinki Jackel asked if there was a cheaper option for the roof. Pierce said the county would have to go back to the Planning and Zoning Board to change the plans.

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