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Government offices move to new site

Local government offices were in transition this week, moving from city hall, the courthouse and various other sites to the new McDuffie County Government Center.

"It's like any time you move," said city-county Information Technology Director Raymond White. "For the most part things are going good. There aren't any major issues."

"Everything is consistent with expectations," project manager Jud Bryant of Bryant Associates, Architects, said Tuesday of the move.

McDuffie County Planning Commissioner Fred Guerrant said movers had his office, including all of its files, moved in about 45 minutes Monday.

"They used shrink wrap on filing cabinets to keep the drawers from opening."

But, as with any move, there was a fair amount of watching and waiting.

"We don't know how to work our phones," said Melonie McLendon in planning and zoning.

"It's coming along," said County Manager Don Norton. "Another week should take care of it."

On the second floor, city receptionist Ruth Jordan had her phones working by Monday afternoon. Mayor Kenneth Usry and City Administrator Don Powers were unpacking in their new offices.

"It's moving day, I'll tell you," said Deputy City Clerk Rhonda Crawford.

For some, Monday was spent shuffling between old and new offices. County Chief Appraiser Linda Thurmond said her office's phones and computers had been moved Monday but that the rest of the office would not be moved until the next day.

"It's a nonproductive day," she said.

Web posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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