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Commissioners OK planning, renovation contracts

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Murfreesboro-based engineering firm is being hired by Marshall County to provide countywide planning services and zoning advice to county planning commissioners, according to a unanimous vote by county commissioners at their recent monthly meeting.

Meanwhile, county commissioners also unanimously voted on Jan. 24 authorizing County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett to sign a construction and renovation contract with Brad Slater Construction to renovate the waiting room and other parts of the county Health Department building on Legion Avenue.

The work by Brad Slater Construction is to provide increased privacy for patients.

In November, countywide planning services and zoning advice was recommended by the Joint Economic and Community Development Board's Planning Advisory Committee, a panel that's been working toward consistency in planning and zoning regulations among the county and the four municipalities in Marshall County.

Griggs & Maloney Inc. is already retained by Chapel Hill as the town's consulting engineer. Now, the firm is succeeding the county's advisor who had been provided by the Local Planning Office in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. However, TDECD's services were found lacking when governments here were rewriting a 20-year growth plan that designates areas for annexation.

Last year, the county called for applications from people who could become the countywide planner, but the idea of hiring a firm proved to be the solution.

There's also a desire to cut costs. The state contract cost the county $9,250 annually. Griggs & Maloney will charge $73.50 per hour and dissolve its contract with a seven-day notice. The state required more than a month's notice.

Don Nelson who's serving as chief building inspector and advisor to the county planning commission told Lewisburg planning commissioners in December about the pending contract with Griggs & Maloney. Lewisburg has a contract with the TDECD's Division of Local Planning.