In Nov. 12 Issue
The Russell County Property Development Board approved the placement of a cornerstone by the county's two Masonic Lodges in the new Russell County Judicial Center.
The cost of the cornerstone would be born by the Masonic Lodges and the ceremony conducted sometime next spring when the building is prepared.
Board Member and Circuit Clerk Tony Kerr, a member of Russell Springs Lodge #941 F&AM said he felt the move was in keeping with the traditions of this country, state and the fraternity.
His motion was seconded by Judge James "Mike" Lawson, a member of Albany Lodge #206 F& AM.
The board also reviewed the possibility of moving the wells for the geothermal heating and cooling system in order to save as much as $12,000.
The architect and construction manager were directed to take up the issue with the contractor involved to see if the change can be accommodated.
They also accepted and approved the bid for a metal roof, over the shingle roof that had been bid earlier. The change added about $120,000 to the cost of the building.
That followed Change Order #1, which added another $53,000 due to electronics issues.
Both were accounted for to some extent in the original bond, according to the officers of the bonding agency, Ross & Sinclair.
They reported to the board that the bond sale went well, with two bidders proposing, and then received the board's permission to seek proposals for dealing with the multi-million dollar deposit.
The board addressed insurance on the construction activities, awarding that contract to McKinney and Blair, though there were concerns over that agency's higher deductible than those of the Jack & Jack agency and the Kentucky Association of Counties.
"You've had construction going on for a week and you don't have any insurance," Jonathan Smith reminded the board when they considered putting off the decision in order to make sure the bids were equal.