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Jefferson commissioners plan to improve county buildings

Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 09:43 PM EST

Jefferson County, OH –

Jefferson County commissioners have multiple improvements they want to make on county buildings and the county will need to borrow up to $1 million to finance these projects.

Commissioner Tom Gentile said the improvements are all cost-saving measures. Including, the Courthouse Annex, which will be demolished to make room for parking for courthouse visitors. The Board of Elections will be moved to another building and the county is looking at several locations.

“We’re really starting to work on what these projects are going to cost, just to see where we are going to be. Right now, we’re gathering information,” Gentile said.

The Veterans Services Commission moved out of the War Memorial Building into the Ohio Valley Tower building. The War Memorial Building is a historical building and the county is still trying to figure out what can be done with the building.

“We are trying to see not only what’s best for the employees, but what’s best for the public coming to utilize all of our buildings. That’s really the important part; we’re trying to make ourselves more user-friendly and also more energy efficient. All of these projects have an energy efficient component tied into them,” Gentile said.

An architectural study is being done at the Ohio Valley Tower building to find out why pipes have caused flooding in several offices and to improve the heating and air conditioning system.

“It’s just a real quick and easy study, most of it is already completed. It’s just taking a look at things there, most of the things that we already knew but we wanted to get an engineer’s report on things. We knew there were some issues with the roof and HVAC issues. We’re just trying to formalize all of that and just put together a plan,” Gentile said.

Gentile also said they have been analyzing their debt position in the county and “It changes substantially even this year, and especially over the next three, four years. Our yearly debt payment goes from about $1.5 million a year on long-term debt to about $575,000.”

Jefferson commissioners plan to improve county buildings


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