Architects told county officials Tuesday that the mold-infested annex adjoining the historic courthouse in downtown Winder is a “good building” and that the cost of replacing the roof and getting rid of the mold likely would be $450,000 or less.
But at the end of a committee meeting about the courthouse renovation project, Barrow County Commissioner Larry Joe Wilburn said he wants the four-story office building razed.
“I think it ought to be torn down,” he said.
Architects Ben Carter and Joe Watkins of Carter Watkins Associates Architects Inc. said it would be much more expensive to replace with a new structure the 40,000 square feet of office space inside the annex.
However, Wilburn said the county only spent $1.5 million to build the new animal control facility and could build space for the Sheriff’s Office near the new detention center off Barrow Park Drive.
Over time, he said, all of the county government’s functions should be consolidated at the same complex just off Highway 211, where the new courthouse, jail and animal control facility have opened over the past two years.
“People have got to run all over Barrow County to hunt for things,” Wilburn said. “They can’t find the tag office. They can’t find the sheriff. We’ve got 140 acres up there and I think everything ought to be put up there. We need to centralize things. With that $4 million, we could do a lot of centralization.”
Sheriff Jud Smith said Wednesday morning that while he is open to all suggestions – and he too would like for his operations to be consolidated – he would prefer for that to happen in the restored and renovated courthouse annex.
For the full story, see the March 16 issue of the Barrow Journal.
The county is struggling for money and it will take less than $1 million to remove the mold and rehab the old building. Yet they ONLY spent less than $1.5 million to build a new animal control facility. Since money grows on trees in Barrow County, let Wilburn go pick a few leaves and build his new building. I'm sure the rest of us would like to save some money since it's actually the tax payers that will be paying for it!
why don't you look at the situation logically. What do dead beats and illegals pay for? Last time I was at wal-mart I did not see an illegal or a dead beat pay tax on there EBT food stamp card. Before i stopped going to the pendergrass flea market before it was taken over the illegals did not pay any taxes on goods. SPLOST promotes irresponsibility on the side of elected officials and cost law abiding tax payers more. SPLOST is a scam supported by 1200 tax payers I was proud my wife and I were in the 200 against