Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Funds Approved For Library Roof

County Judge Keith Neely told the nine members of the Bradley County Quorum Court during the September 19th meeting, that a new roof is needed for the Bradley County Library.  He informed the Justices that the original library structure has the most pressing need and that the portion of the building added on can probably last another 2-4 years.  He went on to tell the Court that the estimated price to re-roof the original portion of the building will cost $3908.00.  He stated that the county has $3577.00 of general improvement funds available to help.  The cost of putting a new roof on the entire building would run around $14,000.00.  The Quorum Court voted 9-0 to authorize the re-roofing of the original portion of the building at the cost of $3908.00 and to use the general improvement funds.  During the discussion, Justice Bobby Hargraves asked if the library could help pay for any of the cost of the roof.

In other business, the need to repair or replace the roof on the search and rescue building ( old Lyon car dealership on Cedar Street ) was talked about.  It was again tabled.

Judge Neely reported that the county is assisting the City of Banks with a "Fun Park" grant to get a new park built within the city.  He also reported on bridge work near Pine Prarie and work to replace a bridge on County RD. 18 West.  The bridge project on 18 West will cost just over $86,000.00 and will be paid for with a grant covering 50% and the county paying the other 50%.  At least some of the county's share will be in-kind work utilizing county manpower and equipment.

Justice Vanderzwalm told the Judge and Court that Bradley 1 North is in serious need of repairs.

Questions were asked about the status of purchasing 81 acres of land to add to the county park. Judge Neely sated that the county's offer to buy the land for $3000.00 per acre has been sent to Potlatch.  If accepted and approved by the company, Bradley County will pay $243,000.00 for the 81 acres, subject to the county securing a grant to pay one half of the total cost.

Justice Hargraves reported that Rural Fire Chief Eddie West has won an award for the job he has done as Chief, over and beyond the call of duty.  

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