The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved $95,130 in work to county buildings.
Projects include $68,680 in roof replacements at the Senior Citizen building and the district attorney’s office and $26,450 for installation of custom blinds at the Historic Liberty County Courthouse and neighboring annex.
County Administrator Joey Brown said only one qualified proposal was submitted for the roof work, which had an initial earmarked budget of $70,000. The board approved RPI Roofing Professionals Inc. from Richmond Hill to complete the work, which Brown said should be complete within 30 days of the contract signing.
The county solicited two proposals for the blind work, which includes measuring windows and creating and installing custom blinds in the two administrative buildings.
The work was anticipated in conjunction with recent renovations, but was not included in the contract to avoid markup from contractors, Brown said.
Statesboro-based Durden Blind & Shutter Co. submitted a $46,939 combined project proposal, while Bartimaeus Inc. of Lawrenceville submitted a proposal of $26,450.
Brown said that he and Buckley & Associates project architect April Mundy verified that both bids covered the same scope of work despite the wide discrepancy in proposed prices.
“They are providing the same details and everything, but Bartimaeus is a much larger provider, and actually was one of the contractors we were considering using,” Brown said. “It is important that they do the measuring and all the blinds because the windows in the courthouse especially are not all the same size.”
Funds from the blinds will come from Office of Economic Adjustment money given to the county.
The commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at MidCoast Regional Airport for a planning workshop.
In other news, the BoC:
• approved the final plat request for The Colonies at Habersham Plantation contingent upon completion of Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission bonding, inspection and water sampling requirements.
• was reminded to look over a proposed animal-control ordinance that the Courier reported on in early December.