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Bidding complete for work on government complex

The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners learned Monday night that the bid process for doing contract work on the new city/county government and law center in Thomson has been completed.

However, the names of the firms receiving such contract work aren't expected to be made public until sometime later this month, according to Jud Bryant, who is overseeing the multi-million dollar complex, which is slated for construction soon.

Commissioners were expected to approve a letter of intent concerning the government center at their Wednesday morning meeting.

A follow-up story about that meeting will appear in next week's newspaper.

Mr. Bryant announced the government complex will cost $13,794,870. It will be built at a cost of $197.07 per square foot.

R.W. Allen will be in charge of construction.

Tommy Goodyear, senior project administrator with the firm, was present at the work session, as were other officials with the firm.

In other business, commissioners discussed approving Christmas bonuses for full-time county employees, as well as those considered to be regular part-time employees.

County Manager Don Norton recommended that full-time employees receive $100, while part-time employees would receive $25.

The amounts are the same as previous years.

Such action was expected to be approved at Wednesday's commission meeting.

Mr. Norton said the bonuses would cost the county about $17,000.

Mr. Norton said he thought it was a good idea since employees will not be receiving a pay increase in 2010.

Web posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009

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