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Commission hires contractor to oversee justice center work
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The Liberty County Commissioners Tuesday accepted a proposal to have Pope Construction Co. manage the building of the justice center.
Architect Craig Buckley told the commissioners that Pope had scored the most points in the rating and had offered to do the project for the lowest percentage: eight percent.
Pope's fee will probably amount to about $1.4 million for the $18 million project. Commissioner Kenny Fussell said, "I think we made a very good decision."
Pope has done a lot of work locally, particularly schools and the board of education central office.
Buckley said that with Pope holding the construction management contract, "It will be a very deliberate process when we select bidders and suppliers. You will see all the numbers. It's a completely open-book process."
In other business, the commission approved a zoning of planned unit development and the general development plan for Retreat Living, a high-end community of 228 multi-family units.
Retreat Living will be near the intersection of Retreat Road and U.S. Highway 17 in Riceboro.
Documents show the community plans to use water and sewer services provided by Riceboro.
Buildout of the project is expected by 2015, by which time Retreat should produce an estimated $1.25 million yearly in property tax.
The commission also voted to allow Gill Sikes to build two structures for boat storage near the end of Islands Highway. The buildings will be 300 feet from the highway.
The commissioners reappointed Liberty EMS chief Jim Turner to the Southeast Georgia EMS Council.
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