Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 9, 2014

Judicial Center windows ‘blow out’

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — The first blow-out of a Thomas County Judicial Center window was blamed on a pebble striking the window during lawn work.

The second blown-out window was attributed to a pellet gun projectile.

However, when second-story windows blew out, the blame was no longer attributed to pebbles and projectiles.

“We’ve had eight windows to blow out over there, and we’ve had to bite the bullet on it,” said Lyndall Knight, Thomas County government building maintenance supervisor.

Knight thinks the window manufacturer is at fault.

The double-pane windows were installed by a Valdosta business. The company has been contacted, but no response has been received.

The Justice Center was completed in 2009, and occupied in December of that year.

Knight told said two other panes are about to blow out.

The Thomas County Commission public properties committee met Thursday morning to discuss situations at several county-owned buildings and to update plans for expansion of the Jail-Justice Center and for new 911 housing.

Commissioner Philip Brown addressed conditions at the Elijah Hill Building, which houses the county building and zoning office and the extension service.

Brown said trash has accumulated at the building, and rat droppings and food left out are visible in extension service offices.

Commissioner Wiley Grady, committee chairman, said county government is obligated to provide office space for the extension service. County government also supplements extension service personnel pay.

Knight and Mike Stephenson, county manager, will look at the situation and make recommendations about what should be done.

The structure also is in need of repairs.

A recent foul odor in the building was attributed to dead rats.

“I’m always dealing with rat problems,” Knight told commissioners.

County officials will meet with the district extension office director about how the office is kept and about space concerns.

911 is in need of more space, and equipment will soon need upgrading, commissioners said.

The situations will be addressed by commissioners this year.

The former tax commission office at Broad and Jackson streets is for sale, but no bids have been received. Interested investors looked at the building this week, Knight said.

The deadline for receiving bids on the structure, a former bank building, is Jan 22.

County officials will meet next week with representatives of five businesses that qualify to bid on expansion of the Jail-Justice Center.

“Everyone met minimum qualifications,” said Twink Monahan, county clerk.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.