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Commissioners OK spending for interchange, courthouse

At a meeting Nov. 2, the McDuffie County Commissioners approved money for several projects.

The board approved an agreement with an engineering firm for further services on the Three Points Interchange project on Interstate 20.

Engineering and management firm Moreland Altobelli Associates Inc., of Norcross, Ga., has been involved in the project from its start. They discovered drainage issues that would require a minimal amount of additional work, said County Manager Don Norton. The board approved an amount not to exceed $15,000 of SPLOST V transportation funds for the engineering firm's services in fixing the drainage problems.

The commissioners also adopted a resolution concerning funds remaining after the construction of the Thomson-McDuffie County Government Center.

The county sold bonds for capital expenditure to build the center. Because costs were lower than anticipated during construction, the county has excess proceeds, according to the resolution.

The county will use most of the excess funds for the renovation of the old McDuffie County Courthouse for use as the juvenile court, extension service, election office and other government purposes.

About $450,000 will be used in the renovation, most of which will pay for a new roof and replacement air-conditioning units, Norton said.

Another $150,000 of the excess funds will be used to install a fiber optic line between the government center and the law enforcement center.

Both the agreement for services and the resolution were approved unanimously. All five board members were present at the meeting.

Web posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011

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