Commissioners approve courthouse committee

Washington County
Washington County
Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 01:35 PM.

CHIPLEY - The Washington County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved County Attorney Jeff Goodman's suggestion to appoint a committee to help address issues concerning the building of a new courthouse when they met in regular session Thursday, May 29.

"They will have no power outside of this board," said Goodman. "They will just help you do the legwork. Everything approved by them will have to be officially approved by you."

The ten-person committee includes Goodman, County Administrator David Corbin, County Commission Chairman Alan Bush, Judge Chris Patterson, Judge Colby Peel, Judge Hentz Mcclellan, Amber Bagett, Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock, and Interim Clerk of Court Harrold Bazzel. Goodman stated whomever wins the clerk's seat in the November election will take over Bazzel's seat on the committee.

The county will begin advertising their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architect candidates next month and plans to hold the bid opening in July, in time for architect selection to be made when commissioners meet in the regular July session.

In other action, the board discussed the need to cut the largest hill on Falling Waters Road down by about five ft. after Commissioner Charles Brock expressed his concern for the road's safety.

"It's dangerous," said Brock. "We've been discussing this for a long time, and that hill should have already been corrected."

County Engineer Cliff Knauer stated landowners seemed excited about the prospect of cutting the hill, as well as widening the road at the state park's entrance.

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