Construction projects moving forward

Two construction projects moved forward at Monday’s Montgomery County Commissioners meeting.

The first was a project to replace the highway building lost to a fire in November 2016.

Information from the county’s insurance firm helped commissioners make a decision on how to proceed. At the last meeting, officials were considering several options, including how many buildings to construct or whether to replace just one, and whether to include a fire water system in the replacement project.

Chris Johnson of Johnson & Williamson Insurance notified Commissioner Phil Bane that the county’s current insurance policy does supply additional coverage for the water system, making the commissioners’ decision easier.

Commissioners also approved advertising for bids for one 80 foot by 160 foot building designed by local architect, Steve Akers. Commissioners also will let bids for a 60 foot by 112 foot garage to replace the existing garage. Commissioners claim the building is not big enough for the size of trucks the county uses. The bids on the garage would give commissioners information needed to decide whether or not to proceed replacing the old garage.

The second project involved was the courthouse clock tower. Bids received in May for the project were accepted. Architects can now draw up plans that would be sent to bidders. Bane reported the plans will cost $9,500 and will be paid from funds already raised for the project.

The Courthouse Clock Tower Committee is continuing efforts to raise the final funds needed for the tower’s construction.

County attorney Dan Taylor presented information concerning the process and time line for the county to change the Cumulative Bridge Fund, Local Income Tax and re-establishing the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.

Madison Township resident Abbie Hoffman spoke to commissioners about the county’s wind farm ordinance. She asked commissioners to review the ordinance because she believes it is not adequate in protecting private property rights and health concerns. Hoffman was representing No Wind Farms Montgomery County.