A Thomasville construction firm has been awarded the bid for expansion of the Jail-Justice Center.
CCH Construction Co. was awarded the bid from among five companies that submitted proposals.
Submissions were scored by points, and CCH received the greatest number of points, said Thomas County Commissioner Wiley Grady, commission public properties committee chairman.
The project will enlarge housing for the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Thomasville Police Department and Thomas County Magistrate Court.
The expansion will be constructed on what is now a parking area at the front of the 921 Smith Avenue structure. A new parking area will be established elsewhere at the front of the building.
CCH’s bid was $1,994,602, which includes parking lot expansion and furnishings.
The project will be funded by revenue from a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Voters approved a SPLOST referendum that earmarked $2 million for the project.
Thomas County commissioners unanimously approved the bid Tuesday upon a motion by Grady and a second by Commissioner Merrill Baker.
Grady said CCH will employ local vendors for the project.
Jail-Justice Center expansion will begin in the last quarter of 2014. Grady said current SPLOST revenue is being spent on road work.
The chill will be off at the Thomas County Courthouse annex after repairs and additions to the heating system are performed by Lang Mechanical, a Thomasville company.
During extremely cold weather in January, the temperature in annex offices dropped into the 50s. Heating was not sufficient, and employees worked in overcoats and gloves, Grady told fellow commissioners.
Lang’s bid of $17,339 will modify the existing heating system.
The annex was built onto the courthouse — constructed in 1858 — in the 1930s. Because of its historical significance, annex walls cannot be insulated, and windows cannot be altered.
Grady said that had the heating system been properly designed when the building was restored and renovated in recent years, the cost would have been the same as the Lang project.
The work will be funded by SPLOST revenue
The historic courthouse was occupied in July 2013, after several years of restoration and renovation.
In other business at the Tuesday commission meeting, the board:
• Approved a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant of up to $500,000.
• Voted 7-1 to allow beer sales at a Saturday, March 29, event at Exchange Club Deep South Fairgrounds to benefit Give Kids The World. Bands will perform at the adults-only event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Grady cast the sole nay vote to a motion by Commissioner Hershel Ansley and a second by Commissioner Elaine Mays.
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