Courthouse renovations to be complete in September

The Copiah County Courthouse renovations have taken longer than originally intended, but the contractor and board of supervisors expect the project to be finished by Sept. 20.  

The board agreed that the delays were due to complications unforeseen but not unusual in this type of historic renovation and would not penalize the contractor for not finishing by August 15.

Contractor David Huntington  of Huntington Lumber Company Inc. updated the board on progress during last Friday’s recessed session.

“We’ve experienced some delays – a lot of work wasn’t anticipated,” said Huntington, adding that they are optimistic that they can finish before the completion date.

The plaster is taking longer than he or the subcontractor expected, Huntington told the board, but the subcontractor is doing very good quality work.  By the end of next week he expects to have the plumbing in place and the offices renovated. After that the focus will be on the courtroom.

The board and architect discussed other matters related to the construction project, including the wording of the plaque and delivery of the furniture. The Circuit Clerk was instructed to begin plans for a dedication event to open the newly renovated area to the public.

The second and third floors are part of this renovation project, which is funded by grants from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Department of the Interior, and local funds.

OTHER BUSINESS

An erroneous assessment was corrected on a parcel sold by mistake in the tax sale.

Homestead exemption chargebacks were accepted and others rejected.

Old computer equipment from the Emergency Management office was declared surplus. Invitation for bids will be posted in three public places. Emergency management director Randle Drane advised that the items were obsolete or inoperable and of no use to the fire departments any longer, but someone may want the items for parts.

The Georgetown tanker truck is expected to arrive Sept. 2. Bethel’s truck should be here by the end of  September, Drane reported.

Advertisement for bids on the surplus wastewater treatment equipment was authorized to run in both papers.

A check was authorized to be cut to the hospital for $75,000 towards a new ambulance.

Installation of insulation at Heritage House was approved to cut down on utility costs.

Advance Auto’s application for an ad valorem tax exemption has been reviewed. Tax Assessor Todd Mooney reported that he has seen the new equipment, and board attorney Elise Munn advised that she believes the expansion qualifies for the exemption under the county’s new guidelines.

Claims were approved totaling $1,620,637.11 before the board recessed until Thursday, August 14, at 9 a.m.

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