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July 11, 2013

Committee moves on courthouse renovations

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A timeline presented by Engeman would provide for a 30-day public comment period before the board takes action on the proposal in September. If it is approved, construction could begin in November, and could be done by the summer of 2014.

Board member Jim Laird voted in opposition to the proposal.

Animal Control Supervisor Martin Boykin updated the Committee on possible expansion of the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Boykin presented preliminary cost estimates of between $130,000 to $140,000 for a 20 by 40 building. The building would house an additional 16 kennels, with about three animals per kennel, if they are small to medium size.

The county is in negotiations with the city of Salem to take its pets on a per monthly basis, although the City Council in that city wanted less than a three-year contract proposed by county officials.

White said the ultimate goal is not not financially harm the county, and secondly, to consolidate services with other municipalities.

IN OTHER BUSINESS:n The Highway Committee accepted the low fuel bid of $3.21275 for bio-diesel and $2.8867 from Synenergy.

n County Engineer Brandon Simmons announced County Road 1925N, also known as Maple Road in Farrington Township, would be closed Monday and Tuesday and intermittently through the rest of the week for road work.

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