Gordon County Board of Commissioners

Gordon County Commissioners Kevin Cunningham, Chad Steward, Becky Hood, Norris Sexton and Bud Owens.

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners were updated on the bidding process for the courthouse and animal shelter projects at their latest meeting on Tuesday, Sept 5. County Attorney James Ledbetter said the courthouse project bid would have “deductive options,” including the glass portico and clock tower, which may or may not be culled if the price tag gets too high.

The animal shelter project will have the same redraw/rebid process but won’t have the deductive features.

“We’ve had several people interested in animal rights and Sue Henson looked at the plans and the only way to cut costs is to decrease kennel space, which is needed, or office space,” Ledbetter said.

He added that the county was getting the claim on the fire that destroyed the animal shelter. Ledbetter said, based on conversations with the adjuster, the county would receive between $280,000 and $285,000 to replace the animal shelter but the final amount had not been officially set yet.

The Board also approved several requests at Tuesday’s meeting and reminded those in attendance of several meetings coming up. The Board approved a bid award of $25,357 per device to MES for hydraulic power tools for the fire department. MES came in at a higher amount, but the tools were closer to the specifications listed in the bid. The project allots for four devices, for a total of $101,028.

The Board also approved a budget amendment to repair the dozer at the chert mine. The repair is for the transmission and torque converter at a cost of $30,000.

“It would costs millions to purchase a new one,” Ledbetter said. “It would also cost hundreds of thousands to rent another one, so I recommend we spend the money to repair it.”

In other news, the Board:

Approved rezoning property at 360 Gillespie Road from A-1 to R-6.

Approved rezoning property at 239 Boone Ford Road from A-1 to RA-1.

Approved allowing two properties to annex into Fairmount. The properties would not affect the tax digest or create islands.

Named Adam Dortch as the Employee of the Month. He has been with the Gordon County Fire Department for 16 years.

Announced an increase in LOST and SPLOST funds for August. LOST revenue was up $52,000 and SPLOST was up $75,000 from last August, showing just under at 12-percent increase.

The next regular meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Gordon County Administration Building on North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.