2011-03-31 / Front Page

Costs Estimated For New Jailhouse Facade

School, county propose swapping maintenance services
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER


Since the Fulton County commissioners have agreed to return to their original plan of renovating the sheriff's office, talks resumed this week with the Fulton County Historical Society on costs surrounding an exterior rehab. Suggestions given by the society on Tuesday include a half-sized brick facade, a spray-on stucco and a stucco made to resemble bricks. Since the Fulton County commissioners have agreed to return to their original plan of renovating the sheriff's office, talks resumed this week with the Fulton County Historical Society on costs surrounding an exterior rehab. Suggestions given by the society on Tuesday include a half-sized brick facade, a spray-on stucco and a stucco made to resemble bricks. Having tossed around the subject of fundraising with fellow Fulton County Historical Society members, Dick Miller and Glenn Cordell returned to the Fulton County commissioners this week with some ballpark figures on expenses related to the proposed, exterior refinishing of the sheriff’s office.

Armed with several pamphlets and samples, Cordell told commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall he had spent time since last Tuesday investigating several facade options, including a half-sized brick facade to match the courthouse; a sprayon stucco to resemble the current exterior of the jail, and a stucco made to resemble bricks by utilizing a template.

The commissioners along with Cordell, Miller and local businessman Ronnie Richards seemed to lean in favor of a brick appearance for the jailhouse during their March 29 meeting. However, Cordell noted local residents are unsure when stucco was applied over the bricks on the jail. As a result, a spray-on stucco option, while not as attractive as brick, could serve as a backup plan.

Cost for a spray-on material was ballparked at $10 per square foot. Potential costs could increase by 50 percent in the event a template is used over the stucco base to recreate the appearance of bricks.

With brick or a brick-like appearance discussed at length, Cordell stated half or partial bricks have been priced at 90 cents a piece. Using a figure of 3,500 square feet, Cordell estimated the purchase of half-sized bricks at $22,000. The cost does not include labor, mesh or screws needed to secure materials in place.

Cordell went on to note he was concerned that the price could easily reach $100,000. Even though the Historical Society voted unanimously last Thursday evening to head a fundraiser for the jail project, estimates on cost were not available at that time.

Optimistic that the community would back the project, Commissioner Keefer announced she was sure the Historical Society would be able to raise the needed funds. She added in the event the society could not raise enough money to cover the exterior work, the county might have money left over at the end of its ongoing renovation project to contribute toward the cause.

Cordell indicated he and Miller would return to the society board with firm prices on the options discussed with the commissioners, who will be able to move forward with plans for a new roof over the jail.

The group went on to discuss three judges’ seats that were sent to the county decades ago from Harrisburg. All bearing Pennsylvania’s seal, the chairs were deemed “impressive looking” but can no longer be housed by the Society in the Fulton House due to space constraints.

The commissioners agreed to take back the chairs until they determine where they should be housed or if they should be sold. In the event they are sold at auction or online, it was suggested the profit be turned over to the Historical Society as a donation toward exterior rehab at the jail.

The commissioners and business manager Tim Stanton met with Central Fulton School District Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft and school building and grounds supervisor Brent Seville regarding a proposal to share or swap maintenance services. The group met briefly behind closed doors to discuss the personnel-related issue, but returned to the general meeting to reiterate no money would be exchanged, only services.

Northcraft and Seville also inquired about the county’s newly installed geothermal loop, which is comprised of 54 wells to properly heat and cool the sheriff’s office, courthouse and Neighborhood Service Center. Northcraft stated the district is pleased with its geothermal system, which covers the middle/high school facility. Long-term plans would include the elementary facility on the system.

Northcraft concluded the district has documentation available to support the savings generated by using a geothermal loop.

The commissioners discussed the possibility of removing an onlot sewage project from the 2010 Community Development Block Grant list. Permission was granted to proceed with publicly advertising the change.

Agreements of sale for rightsof way were executed and signed by Commissioner Keefer with Michael and Sarah Binder in the amount of $507.50 as well as John and Pamela Ott for $15,140.63. The rights-of-way are in connection with the JLG turning lane project along Route 16.

County auditors Rebecca Kendall and Kimberley Seiders asked the commissioners to support their request to the Court of Common Pleas asking for a time extension to complete their duties. The commissioners agreed the additional time was necessary to complete the audit.

Last Tuesday the commissioners were presented with a draft of Technology Use Policy by technology director Eldon Martin, which was Ok’d and sent to the business manager for inclusion in the countyĆ­s personnel policy.

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