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6/11/2018 - McCulloch Commissioners Approve Moving Ahead With Construction of New Library - Click here to print this information

On a four-to-one vote, McCulloch County Commissioners gave approval Monday morning to moving ahead with construction of a new Library.

The first item on the agenda for the McCulloch County Commissioners Monday morning was to hear from the contractor on the projected cost of construction the new McCulloch County Library.

The contractor, Waldrip Construction, and architect, Jeffrey Heffelfinger, told Commissioners they had bid the project three times, and were successful in lowering the cost with each round. But, they also noted that construction cost have significantly increased over the last two years the project has been in development.

With that as background, Waldrip Construction presented a maxmimum price for construction of of $1.76 million. And, with the addition of non-construction costs, the total cost to build the new library was put at just over $2 million.

A donation of $! million to the Library will mean the County will need to provide $1 million for the project.

County Judge Danny Neal said the County will be able to fund the construction of the new library. But, he added, it will mean the County will be on a tight budget until it begins receiving revenue from the new wind farm.

Voting in favor of moving ahead with construction of the Library were Commissioners Jim Quinn, Gene Edmisten, Jason Behrens and Judge Neal. Commissioner Brent Deeds voted against the move.

A ground breaking ceremony for the start of construction of the new library has been set for Monday, June 25th at 9am at the site just east of the former Super S grocery.

Commissioners will also got an update on the status of the work on the Law Enforcement Center and Jail. They approved a proposal for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new jail.

Following the morning meeting, Commissioners reconvened at 1pm for a Budget Workshop.

(Construction on the new McCulloch County Law Enforcement Center and Jail is continuing and remains on schedule for completion in October.)

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