County gets update on courthouse renovation, other projects at latest meeting

The corner of Red Bud Road and Newtown Church Road, above, where the County approved a temporary RV Park for workers on the gas pipeline project.

At the latest meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners, County Administrator John King announced that a Request for Qualifications for architectural firms for the Gordon County Courthouse renovation will close on March 1. According to King, an evaluation team comprised of county officials will convene in March to select an architect to design the project.

In other updates, King said that an official grand opening is planned for March 31 for the Gordon County Government Plaza, which now houses the offices of Gordon County Tax Commissioner, Property Assessor and Gordon County Elections and Voter Registration. The building was open and fully operational on Monday, Feb. 6.

Gordon County Code Compliance has issued 41 citations to date; with 30 found guilty, nine scheduled to appear in court and two pending bench warrants. There are 28 active cases pending, which includes four court-directed rechecks.

Local Option Sales Tax and Special Local Option Sales Tax were both up in the month of January 2017; LOST funds were $560,757.55, up 5.52 percent and SPLOST funds were $793,265.96, up 3.52 percent.

The commissioners approved a request from Kevin Smith to temporarily use land located at the corner of Red Bud Road and Newtown Church Road as an RV Park for workers in the area working on the Dalton Expansion Project construction on a natural gas pipeline. The permit has been granted for 90 days.

The next meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the Gordon County Administration Building located at 201 North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.