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April 22, 2014

Architect approved for upgrades to East senior center

Safe room among planned improvements

— The Limestone County Commission on Monday approved the scope of work and fee proposal submitted April 10 by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood of Decatur for renovations at the East Limestone Senior Center.

The commission agreed to a $15,300 base fee for architectural and engineering services, according to the proposal agreement. County officials reached this amount by calculating 10.25 percent of the estimated construction cost and adding $5,255 for pre-inspection work.

The upgrades at the center at 25820 Nick Davis Road include a 14-by-14-foot safe room for 28 occupants that will be built to withstand high winds and within Federal Emergency Management Agency standards.

Other project elements are handicap-accessible bathrooms, electrical work, ramps, fresh paint, lighting improvements and window replacements.

GMC’s estimated construction cost is $98,000, not including the contractor, tap or testing fees.

Agenda items

The commission approved the following during Monday’s regular meeting:

• an agreement to cure a title issue involving the sale and development of Elm Industrial Park property owned with the city of Athens;

• a $5,000 memorandum of understanding between the county and State Health Insurance Program to be used for staff time and other support facilitating SHIP;

• an agreement with Athens Electric Department for cables, wire and appliance attachments to poles;

• employment of two temporary workers in District 3; and

• final acceptance for the 30-lot Legacy Grove subdivision, addition No. 7, north of Newby Road in District 2.

The Farmers Market will be open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning May 6, said Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee.

The commission will hold a work session at 10 a.m. April 30 at the Washington Street courthouse annex.


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