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Renovations to the Lamar County Services Building are expected to begin in a month and won’t cost as much as previously thought.
The project should cost $38,600, County Judge Chuck Superville said Monday. That includes $21,654 for asbestos removal, $3,850 for an on-site consultant during the abatement, $9,140 for carpet, $2,500 for carpentry work to replace a floor upstairs and $1,500 for Tom Glossup, the county’s construction manager.
Original estimates for the project were $24,075. A few hundred square feet were added to the work, but Glossup said at the last Commissioners Court the square footage and cost estimate had more than doubled to $50,805. At the time, no one knew exactly how that had happened.
“The price doubled because somebody told Carpet World to include the hallways, too,” he said Monday. “I got that straightened out, and it went from 641 yards to 432 yards.”
“That’s better than the number we got last time,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Lawrence Malone said.
Work is expected to begin Sept. 13, starting with asbestos abatement, and will take about a week to complete.
“I’d like to start them on the first floor rather than the second floor so Haskell (Maroney, the tax assessor-collector) can get his office open as quickly as possible,” Glossup said.
The tax assessor’s drive through could be open part of the week, he said.
“Is this project moving in the direction it needs to go?” Superville asked. “I see heads nodding.”
“Let’s go,” Elections Administrator Russ Towers said.
Sheriff Scott Cass also updated commissioners on work to improve the jail showers.
“They had some water problems in our men’s shower,” Superville said. “We were able to get stainless steel fitted into each shower area. It has stopped the water.”
The work cost $11,000. Work is about to start on the individual showers to have them coated with something similar to a pickup bed liner.
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By Jeff Parish, eParisExtra