Courthouse

Madison County’s historic courthouse, which has suffered from significant leaks over the years, will soon get a new roof.

County commissioners are seeking bids on the replacement of the roof for the iconic structure in the center of Danielsville. The estimated cost is in the $100,000-to-$150,000 range.

The commissioners still have $80,000 left from the 2008 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), another $42,000 from the 2014 SPLOST and another $50,000 allocated from the SPLOST renewal last year.

Madison County Board of Commission Chairman John Scarborough said the 2008 sales tax funds must be spent by June. He said the project is estimated to take two-to-four months.

In other matters at their Feb. 3 meeting, the board discussed but took no action on several matters, which will be considered again at their business meeting later this month. These agenda items included purchasing a backhoe for the road department with sales tax money. The group discussed naming Robin Purcell to the recreation board. Commissioner Derek Doster talked about having local boards and departments meet with commissioners to go over their goals and how to achieve them. He also said he wants a master log of county training schedules to know who is up for certification and when.

The board discussed amending its purchasing policy to increase the threshold for when bids are required. Scarborough said it’s difficult for the county to participate in any auction process for purchasing items at current thresholds.

The commissioners met in closed session to discuss a potential real estate transaction.

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Virginia Moss

Good news about the old courthouse roof! I'm surprised the leaks have not caused serious structural damage. Ours is one of the more noted architectural courthouses in Georgia with its Romanesque style. What a shame to lose it! Now the challenge is to shore up the inside as necessary and then start some serious fundraising to restore the upstairs courtroom into some sort of public or event use. It's a tall order, but with enough money and volunteerism it really can be done.

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