Building Committee hears list of problems to fix around town

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Aside from the list of problems that are waiting to be fixed in Lewisburg, County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett announced to the Building Committee that construction to the court house is coming to a close.

As the final renovations on the courthouse are coming to an end this month, Liggett asked the committee to set aside $25,000 to ensure the pavement around the building is taken care of after construction comes to an end.

All major construction on the now-87-year-old building is complete, according to Architect James Kennon of Kennon Calhoun Workshop. After minor changes to the exterior offices, main floor, and exterior of the building like landscaping, signs, and stage, construction will be complete.

The administrative court recomended have magnetometers (walk-through metal detectors) put in the front entrance of the court house, which was the main reason the city decided to renovate the court house back in 2008, was discussed. Liggett is working on a grant that will fund them.

With the exception of landscaping and paving, construction is to be finalized by Jan. 20 and will cost less than estimated.

Sheriff Billy Lamb is having problems with the roof of the Sheriff's Department and the jail. He asked the committee to match an energy grant of $285,000 to make improvements to the roof.

"The newer part of the roof is in worse condition than the older," said Lamb.

He also requested $7,000 for a new food cart for prisoner meals, one that would use less energy than the current one. A quote of $17,000 or $38,000 to repair the existing door control system was also requested to be added in the grant.

Marshall County Health Department Director Angie Faulkner and Health Department Office Supervisor Mary Campbell attended the meeting to discuss the issues found at the health department's building on Legion Street.

Faulkner said she recently had her door shaved down after repeatedly being stuck in her office as a result of the ceiling being crooked and pressing down on the door frame.

"Our patients weren't able to change into the gowns we gave them because the building has been so cold. The central heat doesn't work and we can't plug up space heaters or it will blow the circuit," said Faulkner.

The 50-year-old building has major cracking in the walls and the drain behind the building overflows, causing water to leak inside the building. Faulkner also wants to get the hole in the back of the building repaired.

"We have had raccoons and squirrels enter the hole and scare our patients in the rooms," she said.

Total cost of repairs to fix the Health Department building is around $20,000.

Mickey King, District 4 County Commissioner, requested paving of the parking lot at Cornersville High School. He suggested have the same company who plans to pave around the Courthouse to do the school's lot also. A bid for the construction has not been put out.

After the Hardison Annex was broken into the night of Dec. 30, Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Calahan requested to have the doors and lights around the building replaced. Holes in the floors, a lack of emergency signs, and window cracking are just a few more problems found in this old building at 230 College Street.

There is no question that Marshall County Building Committee members and County Commissioners, John Christmas, Wesley Neece, Mike Waggoner, and Phil Willis will be busy for a while after hearing a long list of problems from the heads of county departments at last Thursday's meeting.