County seeks options on TEC Building

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The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Tuesday night, September 6th, due to Monday – their regular meeting date – being a holiday.

In business discussed by the Commissioners:

– The commissioners hired Jansen and Spaans Engineering to design the repairs needed on bridge 26 at a cost of $24,000. The company will also be responsible for obtaining any permits needed.

– Darrell Keith, superintendent for the highway department, reported that all the chip and seal process is complete. The project ended up costing the county $377,717.17, which was close the estimated cost.

– A bid in the amount of $2,950, from Dwayne Bates to stripe and seal the clinic parking lot was approved.

– A motion to hire Exterior Pro to repair the leak in the roof of the jail was approved. The repair will cost between $6,000 and $8,000; according to the damage on the existing roof.

– The Federal Government has approved the transfer of ownership to the county of the boat ramp/parking lot at Grant’s Creek. The county will now keep the area clean and maintain the parking lot.

– The commissioners are expecting a quote from Everbridge for the county-wide telephone warning system. The county has had several issues with the present provider Nixel and will switch over to the new company as soon as the agreement is signed.

– The countywide Fall clean up is scheduled for September 24th-25th. There will be eight dumpsters at the Highway Department in East Enterprise.

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The commissioners adjourned and then a joint meeting with County Council was held.

The meeting was held to discuss the pay off of the Switzerland County Technology and Education (TEC) Building. A balloon payment of $2.4 million is due in November. Several options were discussed, but nothing has been decided. They agreed to hire Barnes and Thornburg as the bond counsel to coordinate the scheduling and supervise the closing of the financing. The company will approach lenders to ask for an extension for the loan.

A contract for up to $30,000 was approved for the company, Crowe Horwath, to act as the county’s financial advisor.