“The plans and specifications for the building are now complete and we are ready to accept bids,” said Woodford. “We’ve met with (Construction Management Firm) Codell Construction to discuss alternates in the bids. Right now, we have not cut any areas.”
Circuit Judge and Project Development Board Member C.A. “Woody” Woodall III made a motion to approve CMW’s and Codell’s request to put the buildings construction out to bidders. Board Member Geneva Parris seconded him, and the motion passed without opposition.
Codell Representative Richard Mitchell said, “Two weeks after I have the final documents in my possession, we will have them out for bid. It will take 30 days for bids to come in, so there is no reason to meet next month. It will take a week to 10 days to review the documents so I can make a recommendation to the Administrative Office of the Courts and the board for their approval.”
Woodall moved to cancel the July meeting and reconvene on August 8 to review the bids and select contractors. His motion carried unanimously.
Richard Mitchell said that workers removed asbestos from the current courthouse for a fee of slightly less than $3,200. “We had a quote per linear foot of just under $10,000 but after they cut in to do an inspection, we found that there was no asbestos insulation in the walls. That brought the cost down to $3,200.”
CMW Architect Dennis Arthur originally requested that the board approve up to $46,000 for asbestos inspection and removal. His original suggested inspection cost totaled $3,000. Inspection for the courthouse and former jail totaled $2,795.
Richard Mitchell said that he received certificates of insurance and letters of surety from Muldoon Monuments, selected to relocate the Confederate Monument in front of the current courthouse. Judge/Executive Stan Humphries added that the cost should be around $14,588
AOC Representative Vance Mitchell said that the AOC’s architectural review had examined the construction plans, and though they lacked final approval, appeared to be inline with guidelines. “We are working on value engineering right now, but it looks like it has met our requirements.”
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