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Carroll projects continue - weather permitting
, Courier Staff Writer
Saturday, February 09, 2013 4:00 AM
A few projects continue as weather permits in Carroll County, while magistrates also begin the process to address additional projects that need attention.
The Carroll County Fiscal Court met Friday where magistrates heard reports from Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson about ongoing projects. Tomlinson told magistrates that the final punch list on the heating and cooling project at the Courthouse has been completed.
"That project is pretty much behind us now," he said.
The streetscape project to replace sidewalk, lighting and landscape on the Courthouse square continues as weather permits. Some of the new sidewalks have been poured, while work continues on the north side of the Courthouse to pour other sidewalks that have been torn out.
"We think it's moving along pretty well," Tomlinson said.
Work also continues in the Carroll County Clerk's Office to replace ceiling tiles and paint the office. Prisoners from the Carroll County Detention Center have been completing the work, but Carroll County Clerk Alice Marsh noted several issues with the work that has been completed.
"The work is not good work," she said.
Marsh noted several broken ceiling tiles have been installed, or installed improperly, and that painting had issues as well. Tomlinson said he would take a look at the work that has been completed and determine a plan of action.
Tomlinson also noted other projects around the county that might need to be addressed after the winter weather breaks. The swimming pool and wading pool at the county park need to be fixed before the pools open for the summer, he said. The Fiscal Court agreed to start looking into how much repairs to both pools are going to cost.
"It's going to take some time to fix it," he said.
The ball fields at the county park could also use some work, Tomlinson said. Not much has been done to the fields in the past few years, he said, and some work could be completed to help update the fields.
Tomlinson also discussed possible road projects throughout the year. The 80/20 Bridge fund will still be effective this year, he said, and flex money will still be available from the state for road projects.
State officials with the Department of Transportation plan to be at an upcoming Fiscal Court meeting to discuss surveys of rural secondary roads in the county and explain the grades given to those roads. Several of the area's rural secondary roads received low scores based on information sent to the county.
"We've got some rural secondary roads that need some work," Tomlinson said.
In other business:
Magistrates approved the first reading on two budget amendments for $5,408.47 to be added to the jail fund from the Local Corrections Assistance Fund. The second amendment will increase the general fund by $140,870 because of money received from the state's homeland security.
The Court heard the second reading of an ordinance to allow North American Stainless to refinance bonds for solid waste disposal with Wells Fargo Bank. Magistrates unanimously approved the ordinance for the bonds, for which the county is not responsible.
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