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Group looks at how to divide judicial center's operating costs

Now that the new city/ county government complex and judicial center is more than 80 percent completed, local officials have formed a special committee to look into how to divide operational costs.

The committee consists of Jaye Jones, Bernice Brown -- both members of Thomson City Council -- and City Administrator Don Powers, as well as McDuffie County Manager Don Norton and Commissioners Fred Favors and Paul McCorkle.

"I think we had a pretty good first initial meeting," Mr. Jones told members of city council during its monthly meeting Dec. 9.

Mayor Kenneth Usry said getting together with county officials is all part of a necessary process before the move into the new building.

"We're laying the groundwork," Mr. Usry said.

The committee will be responsible for developing a formula for sharing costs. City and county officials will be informed of the committee's progress after each meeting.

Judson Bryant, of Bryant Associates, Architects, of Atlanta, who serves as project manager of the new government center, recently informed county commissioners that construction had reached about 80 percent.

It since has topped that mark.

Construction on the new government center, located near the intersection of Railroad and Greenway streets in downtown Thomson, has been under way for 10 months.

"We should be complete with the project by February 2011," Mr. Bryant said. "That would be three months ahead of schedule."

Bids for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new government complex and judicial center were due Wednesday.

Wakefield Beasley is handling that process.

Mr. Bryant also announced that R.W. Allen recently awarded a landscape bid in the amount of $124,350 to Whitestone Utility Services, of Lincolnton.

Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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