A portion of the Madison County Health Department on Hwy. 98 is slowly sinking and county leaders approved action Monday to correct the problem.
County engineer Phil Munro informed county commissioners that part of the facility is sinking by roughly half an inch a year.
“For about a year I took survey measurements of the settlement at the health department, and have seen about a half inch of settlement,” said Munro at the July 28 board of commissioners’ meeting. “We’re seeing significant buckling in terms of cracking in the exterior brick and interior wallboard, racking of doors and windows along two halls as you face the health department, it would be on the left side of the building. About a fourth to a third of the building is being impacted.”
Munro received two bids from companies, Atlanta Ram Jack and Foundation Supportworks, interested in repairing the building. He recommended that the board go with Atlanta Ram Jack for $29,900, saying that the company had a better plan for remedying the foundational problem.
Munro said the facility won’t need to be closed during the work.
Commissioner Stanley Thomas said action is needed.
“It’s not stable ground under it and it’s not going to get any better (without action),” he said.
Commission chairman Anthony Dove noted that the building cost nearly $1 million and that spending $30,000 to try to save the building is worthwhile. The county had to move Fine Finish out of its nearby facility off Hwy. 98 due to structural damage from sinking.
In other matters, the board postponed any action on establishing a pay classification chart for county employees.
Hoke Strickland asked the commissioners not to approve 25 and 35 mph speed limits to accommodate walkers and children at play on local roads. He said there is the recreation department for walking and play. He said roads should be for travel, not for walking or play.
County commissioners approved $13,685 in overtime pay for the sheriff’s office for work done during this past year’s snowstorms. The county recently received compensation from the federal government for expenses during the winter state of emergency.
The board approved by a 3-1 vote, with commissioner John Pethel voting “No,” a request by 9-1-1 director David Camp for two new vehicles to replace old vehicles for the 9-1-1 department. Pethel said the board should postpone a vote until the 2015 budget is done. The vehicles, a 2014 Ford F-150 XL and a 2015 Ford Explorer, will be used by the 9-1-1 director and assistant director. The purchases will ultimately be paid for with special purpose local option sales tax money, but the county will cover the cost from the general funds until enough sales taxes are collected for the payment.
The board approved the installation of several road signs Monday, including 25 mph speed limit, pedestrian walking and dead end signs on Acorn Road and Del Cedar Lane. The group approved a 25 mph speed limit and pedestrian walking sign on Wrigley Court and a 35 mph speed limit and pedestrian walking sign on Thomas Road.
The board approved the appointment of Melanie Hughston to the animal control board and Karen Harrison to the library board of trustees. The group renewed an agreement with the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission for transportation at the senior center.
The board agreed to switch satellite television services for county facilities to Dish Network at a cost of roughly $300 a month.