Two of the remaining buildings at the old Lake Forest Middle School complex have been earmarked for demolition, while the third remaining building is closer to possibly becoming a records storage and training facility.
Two of the remaining buildings at the old Lake Forest Middle School complex have been earmarked for demolition, while the third building left is closer to possibly becoming a records storage and training facility.
The Bradley County Commission’s Building and Land Committee voted Tuesday to recommend tearing down Buildings 4 and 8, with bids for the work to be sought closer to planning for the next fiscal year.
The committee heard from Cason Conn, senior project manager for Tri-Con Inc., which is the contractor for the new Lake Forest Middle School. In October, committee members asked Conn to look into pricing options for building demolition and to upgrade Building 7. On Monday, Conn shared written estimates. He said the tear-down price is $35,000 per building, but does not include removal of any hazardous materials that may be discovered during the process.
“I’m waiting on getting another estimate,” Conn said.
Committee Chairperson Charlotte Peak told committee members, some of whom are new to Building and Land, that “we asked him to get us estimates so we could have an educated guess.”
The committee also approved getting cost estimates to secure Building 7 with a new roof, and to address moisture issues.
In other discussion, the committee heard from Bradley County Clerk & Master Holly Thompson, who sent a letter to County Commission Chairman Johnny Mull asking for additional archive space.
“We’ve been out of space since 2004,” Thompson told the committee, adding that original documents must be maintained. “We’re completely out of room … we have nowhere else to go.
“If they came in and audited us, we would be in all sorts of trouble,” she added.
Discussion turned to the price quote for a metal building the committee requested at a previous meeting. Conn said a pre-fabricated, 3,000-square-foot building with all the necessary grading, concrete, doors, electrical and HVAC work would cost $150,000.
“It would just be a bare-bones building,” he said.
Commissioner Howard Thompson said he wants to continue to look into the prospect of a metal building located at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Peak asked if they kept Building 7 at Lake Forest and designated space for the BCSO’s records and for the Clerk & Master’s records – as well as a training room – would there be enough space for the Clerk & Master “for years to come?” Thompson said yes, she believes she could work with that.
Conn said Building 7 is “a functional building” but it will need a new roof and moisture issues addressed.
Commissioner Dennis Epperson said he thinks Building 7 has some issues, but believes it is feasible to fix. He suggested the Sheriff’s Office move its files from the old Waterville School property to Building 7.
Peak said BCSO and the Clerk & Master could move their records to Building 7 now, if they choose.
In her letter, Thompson states "I have no problem moving my archives to Lake Forest. I already manage basically 2004 to present myself so there would be no change concerning that."
Bradley County Attorney Crystal Freiberg suggested Thompson take her archives space request to County Mayor D. Gary Davis before moving forward.
The committee’s recommendations now go to the full County Commission. Peak asked that they be placed on the agenda for next Monday’s voting session.
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