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County moving forward on Iola Annex

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:00 am

Grimes County's four commissioners gathered in Iola Thursday to finalize their contract with Austin's ILCOR construction firm for the new Iola Courthouse Annex.

Also present at the meeting were Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Steve Accord, Constable Larry Adams and Road Engineer David Shanahan.

"The purpose of getting these people together was to go over the work that has already been done and to look at this contract in detail," said Precinct 1 Commissioner Larry Snook, who will maintain an office in the new facility along with Acord and Wells.

Snook and the commissioners spoke with ILCOR representative David Kehrer, who will oversee construction on the project once the final contract is approved.

According to Snook, the county's budget includes about $119,000 to complete construction of the building, which in addition to offices for Precinct 1 officials, will also include a courtroom.

The county's base contract with ILCOR totals $78,100, which pays for the building, its concrete foundation, a metal roof and a change in the ceiling height which will allow for 10-foot ceilings in the courtroom. Several other additions totaling $16,827 were added to the contract during the meeting.

These revisions will pay for security lights, a front porch, wheelchair ramps, air conditioning and circuits for the buildings septic system.

These revisions bring the total contract cost to $94,927.

In an effort to save taxpayer money the county's Road and Bridge Department is providing dirt work for the site to prepare it for construction.

Snook added that money leftover in the county's budget will pay for furnishings and other materials in the building.

Grimes County Commissioners met Wednesday to approve the final contract and release it to Kehrer to begin construction.

The outcome of that meeting was not available at press time.

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