2018-02-28 / Front Page

No bids received on Jenkins County Jail

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


No bids have been received on the former Jenkins County Jail property located on Masonic Street. The Jenkins County Commissioners will offer the property for sale again in a few months. 
(Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) No bids have been received on the former Jenkins County Jail property located on Masonic Street. The Jenkins County Commissioners will offer the property for sale again in a few months. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) An attempt by the Jenkins County Commissioners to sell the old Jenkins County Jail property on Masonic Street failed to yield any bids for the property. The property had been recently advertised for sale.

County Administrator Grady Saxon informed the Commissioners of the matter at a recent meeting of the group and inquired as to what to do next. After some discussion, it was decided to offer the property for sale again in a few months and to place a “For Sale” sign in the front of the building. The building has been unoccupied since September 2016 when the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office moved into the new facility located in the Robert G. “Bobby” Dwelle Industrial Park on Magnolia Street.

Mr. Saxon reported that the county now officially owns the building known as Dr. Hunter Rackley’s former dental office on Winthrope Avenue. The property was donated by the Rackley family for use by the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center. Mr. Saxon reported that he would be making contacts regarding the possibility of remodeling the building.

The Commissioners discussed the need for a building inspector and options for employing one. Mr. Saxon reported that he had spoken with City employee Michael Curl, who is certified in inspecting mobile home setup and has tested for framing of stick built homes. The results of this testing has not yet been received but it is anticipated that the City and County can work out an agreement for inspection services. The need for electrical and plumbing inspectors was also discussed.

Mr. Saxon reported that the work would soon begin on the new E-911 addressing and mapping project. The target date for completion of the installation is June 1st with target date for the switch-over to the new system being July 1st with Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Alvin Burke supervising the switch.

In other business, Chairman Hiller Spann asked for nominations for the Vice-Chair position for 2018. Former Chairman James Henry was nominated and approved. For the position of County Attorney for 2018, George Rountree was nominated and approved.

Under personal appearances, Frank D’Arcangelo with DPR Architecture presented bids for the next phase of the Jenkins County Courthouse remodeling. He noted that the bids came in at almost double the initial estimate and stated that busy contractors and the good economy had caused the prices to increase. The possibility of dividing this phase into two parts in order to arrange funding was discussed. Mr. D’Arcangelo will contact the low bidder for a breakdown of the costs in order to determine the amount of work that can be completed in phases.

EMA Director Alvin Burke provided an update on the EMA activities, stating that he was applying for several grants. He asked the Commissioners to consider up to a $5,000 match on an AFG grant. Mr. Burke noted that he was applying for an additional grant for blankets, cots and a portable generator for emergency sheltering purposes. He also provided an update on upcoming reimbursements from damages incurred during Hurricane Irma.

Other actions taken by the Commissioners included: approved a motion to purchase a replacement vehicle for the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office following receipt of reimbursement from insurance company for a vehicle that had been involved in an accident and deemed a total loss; appointed Mandy Underwood to the Woodpecker Trail Association or have her choose an alternate.

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