Fiscal Court gives final approval for downtown parking
by Franklin Clark --
Aug 26, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Administrative Office of the Court’s offer to buy three of the buildings on Court Street and pay to demolish them to make way for parking space for the new Trigg County Justice Center was given final approval by Trigg County’s Fiscal Court when it met Monday evening in the courthouse basement.

The Alexander building, the Boggess garage and the District Court building will all be torn down, but the office of H.B. Quinn will remain, Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said.

The county will likely have to pay for the actual paving for the parking lot, said Humphries, who added that although AOC will hand the county the deeds to the property, he hopes the county won’t be handed the deeds until the debris from the demolition is cleared.

“It’s up to us now to make the most of this opportunity,” Humphries said. “It’s not the best, but it certainly could be a lot worse.”

Trigg County Magistrate Jon Goodwin said there is overwhelming support in the area for extra parking in downtown Cadiz, as, he said, was evidenced by the number of people who spoke out in favor of the extra parking at the public meeting on the subject months ago.

The Project Development Board voted for this same offer on Friday, where it was revealed that the cost of the buildings has not been made public, however it was said at the Friday meeting that the cost of demolition could cost roughly $70,000 (see other story in this week's edition.)

The court also unanimously voted to approve a resolution to do all of the paperwork required to have the county receive a $1 million biomass grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.

The grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will allow for the construction of a wood-to-energy (biomass) demonstration project, which will likely supplement either heating or electric bills, preferably at Trigg County Hospital, said Bill Lisowsky of the forest service, who was at the meeting.

“Because of tornado events, wind storms and the ice storm, we actually have a little bit of material that we can make use of turn into an alternative energy source,” Lisowsky said.

The project could be located on site at the hospital, or it could be located off site at another location, added Lisowsky.

The court also voted unanimously to award the county’s Justice Center maintenance and janitorial contract to GFB. Humphries said that after GFB and Linc Services revamped their bids, GFB came out with a bid of $99,080, while Linc’s bid was $103,000.

The two companies had to revamp their bids after AOC changed its dollar-per-square-foot requirements, which resulted in both bids being too high, said Humphries, who added that he didn’t think anything was wrong with the original bids.

Humphries said the contract will be up for bid again on Aug. 16, 2010.

The court also unanimously agreed on the 2009/2010 tax rates, voting for the compensating rates for both the county as a whole and the hospital, as opposed to the 4 percent rate.

Humphries said that the value of new property in the county was more than $16 million, which he said was “down considerably from years prior,” likely due to economic conditions.

In other business, the court unanimously voted to give the paving contract to Rogers Group, which had a bid of $50.88 per ton, slightly less than Pennyrile Asphalt’s bid of $51.50 per ton. Both companies were bidding on the same amount of asphalt, Humphries said.
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