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Government center contract approved

It's now official: The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners have agreed to enter into a contract with R.W. Allen LLC to construct the new Thomson-McDuffie County Government Center.

The multi-million dollar complex, which also will become home to new judicial courtrooms, will be built near the intersection of Railroad and Greenway streets in downtown Thomson. It is expected to be completed in 18 months.

Commissioners entered into the agreement with the Athens firm during last Wednesday's commission meeting. The Rev. Fred Favors, one of the county's five commissioners, made a motion to enter into the agreement with the firm. The motion received a second from Commissioner Bill Jopling. Fellow Commissioners Sammie Wilson, Sr. and Paul McCorkle, along with Chairman Charlie Newton voted in favor of the measure.

Jud Bryant, who has guided city and county officials as the program manager, informed commissioners that the contract with R.W. Allen LLC "shall have a guaranteed maximum price, including a $1 million contingency for the completion of all work described..." That figure totals $13,794.870.

In addition, the contract also calls for a stipulated period of time for the completion of the work and conditions for payment, on a monthly basis, to the firm, Mr. Bryant said.

The agreement also pinpoints that such work must first meet the approval of the architectural firm of Rosser International.

The contract also describes requirements involving insurances and bonds, which are "normal and customary," when it comes to municipal and county government projects, Mr. Bryant added.

Although pre-construction bids have been submitted, none of them have been made public at this time, pending a review of them by Mr. Bryant.

The program manager was asked to review all of them before they are released, publicly.

Mr. McCorkle made the request during a commission work session two days earlier.

"I'm in that process right now," Mr. Bryant replied.

The names of those receiving sub-contract bids are expected to be made public at the commissioners' next meeting, just before Christmas.

Web posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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