Council OKs final courthouse repairs

Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

October 18, 2013

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council unanimously passed third and final reading Wednesday of the revised expenses for the Newberry County Courthouse to cover repairs needed due to water damage, interior repairs, carpeting, HVAC and exterior waterproofing.

The $641,902 in repairs were determined after reviewing the needs of the courthouse.

The roof repair costs $268,200, additional inspections are $8,000, contingency has been increased to $107,022, project management is $9,000 and landscaping costs $14,000. Interior repairs and carpeting costs $140,680, replacing the HVAC control system costs $35,000 and exterior waterproofing costs $60,000.

A public hearing was held prior to the vote but no one spoke.

After an executive session, council went back into open sessions and unanimously approved the county purchasing the Old Market Basket property at 1107 Harrington St.

Council authorized the county administrator to continue negotiations to buy the property not exceeding $180,000 and to prepare a contract to accomplish the purchase contingent upon 60 days inspection as long as there is no discovery of any major or significant deficiencies.

Council also gave the administrator the authority to spend up to $70,000 to acquire the adjacent property on the same terms.

In other business:

— Council approved second reading for four zoning ordinances to rezone 479 J.L. Koon Road, 555 J.L. Koon Road, 583 J.L. Koon Road and 611 J.L. Koon Road from single family residential, RS-3 to single family residential, RS-1.

All properties contain an acre of land and currently have manufactured homes on them.

The future land use is to be used for lake development and is adequate to handle any extra traffic.

— Council unanimously approved the consideration of Central S.C. Alliance’s first quarter invoice for fiscal year 2013-14 invoice for $18,000.