As the new city/county government and judicial center continues to take shape in downtown Thomson, city and county officials are busy fine tuning new budgets to accommodate their move into the new facility in early 2011.
Thomson City Administrator Don Powers reported that city officials still don't have any final figures regarding certain costs that the city will be responsible for paying once they vacate existing offices and move into the new complex.
"That's something we're still working on," Mr. Powers said in a telephone interview with The McDuffie Mirror last week. "When we get a little closer to finalizing things, we'll let everybody know."
The same is true with county officials.
"We're a lot closer to having some figures in place than we were a while back," McDuffie County Manager Don Norton said in a recent interview. "Hopefully we'll be able to have most of those calculations together soon."
Currently, both city and county officials are fine-tuning projected costs for operating the new government complex and judicial center.
Once completed, the majority of city and county government offices will be located in the new facility, including McDuffie County Superior Court.
Everyday that construction workers are able to work on the inside and outside of the new facility, the closer the new state-of-the-art facility is to actually becoming a reality. It will mark the first time in city/county history that they have ever shared a joint government facility.
Jud Bryant, government center project manager, said he is pleased with the progress that has been made thus far.
"This is going to be a nicely constructed building that will accommodate the citizens of Thomson, Dearing and McDuffie County for many years to come," Mr. Bryant said in a recent interview. "It's going to be very modern and something the citizens of this county can be very proud of I believe."
He said that as the government complex and judicial center nears completion that he becomes just that much more excited about its opening.
Recently, a host of local government officials have toured the new facility. Many of them said they were impressed and look forward to working there.