In May 14 IssueBy Greg WellsTimes Journal Managing Editor
Members of the Russell County Property Development Board heard this week that there are more costs and possible delays in construction of a new courts' building in Jamestown.
They were told that the movement of utilities on the property would cost more than $200,000.
Over $150,000 to relocate the fiberoptic network lines beneath the proposed building site, and another 50,000 to relocate water and other utility lines.
The board approved those costs, but was then warned by staff from Branscum Construction that the terms of that contract to relocate the lines could cause a delay in construction.
The board was told that the firm was very close to being ready to advertise for bids on construction of the new Russell County Judicial Center, but the four months the contract allowed for relocation of the utilities would cut into construction time.
The architect on the project said the time allowed in the contract was that long because of the company's uncertainty about how long it would take to receive the fiberoptic materials needed for the move.
"We'll need to get on a conference call and talk with Duo(county)," said Steve Branscum. "-find out from them how long it will take for them to get the materials in."
Branscum's staff had said they expected to in the "pre-bid" process June 11th, but could not proceed until it was known for sure how long it was going to take to relocate the utilities, which at present are under what would be the back of the new building.