At Tuesday night's meeting, the Gordon County Board of Commissioners selected Momon Construction to build the new Animal Shelter at a cost of $1,107,950. The total bid award was $1,207,950 to include $100,000 in contingency funds. According to County Administrator- Attorney James Ledbetter, the county was able to save money with some changes in materials.

"In lieu of metal trusses and metal roof, we can use wooden trusses and asphalt shingles, saving us more than $90,000," he said. The county will save an additional $61,700 using Momon Construction for value engineering.

Using the wooden trusses saves the county $40,222 and using shingles nets a savings of $55,280. He also stated that changing the type of hardware on the doors will save the county $12,400 and not using dormers, which was for aesthetics, would save $9,000. Discarding plans for an extra HVAC system would save $23,900. Ledbetter said the system would have supplied air for a surgical area, but that the animal shelter would have adequate heating and air for spays and neuters and those would be the only surgeries the facility would perform.

Momon has 270 days from the day the bid was awarded to complete the project. If not completed, there would a $500 per day fine, according to Ledbetter.

Carter Watkins and Associates is the architectural firm which designed the facility. Bids ranged from $1.275 million to $1.943 million. Ledbetter said nine contractors attended a pre-

bid conference Jan. 4, prior to submitting bids.

Commissioner Bud Owens, pointed out that the county has awarded several construction jobs to local business.

"This is the fifth project that was awarded to a local business, so we are keeping it local," said Owens.

In other commissioner news:

-Granted easement for the Resaca Sewer Project. The project has been a long time in the making, said Commissioner Chad Steward.

"A lot of discussion went into this," he said.

The easement had originally been proposed on the west side of Fort Wayne, but the Historic Preservation Committee opposed it, due to the impact on the historical property.

-Terry Boyd, Clerk of Superior Court office, was named Gordon County Employee of the Month.

-The Board approved a request to submit a United Way grant application for the Gordon County Recreation Department. The amount of the grant is $12,000 and the department uses the money to pay the registration fees for children who need assistance.

-There will be ACCG spring training March 15-16 in Tifton and the annual conference and training April 27-30 in Savannah.

-The Board approved the renewal of rental agreement with State Properties Commission, 1166 Lovers Lane, for a term ending June 30, 2018. This is for the Public Safety Offices and rent amounts to $1.00 per year.

-The Board declared a 2001 Buick Regal surplus property for the Sheriff's Department.

The Board will meet next on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2918 at 6 p.m. for their regular meeting. A work session will be held prior to the meeting. Both are open to the public. The meeting will be held at the Gordon County Administration Building, located at 201 North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.