2015-07-15 / News

Judicial center plans move forward

By Roy F. Chalker Jr.

Construction on Burke County’s new judicial center could begin as early as March of 2017, as plans for the project continue to be implemented by county commissioners.

All property for the project has been acquired, including the building currently occu- pied by Capital Furniture Company and the Collins Warehouse property.

Contracts were awarded last Tuesday for surveying the site and soil testing. Steve Bargeron of Waynesboro was the successful bidder for the surveying services with a bid of $9,850. EMC Engineering Services of Evans was awarded the contract for geotechnical services. On advice from architect Ben Carter, whose firm is overseeing the initial phases of the project, no bid was awarded for hazardous materials testing. Carter said none of the bids received were competitive.

County Administrator Merv Waldrop said that an architect for the project would be selected this fall, with bids for construction to be requested by March of next year. “Soon, it will seem like things are moving fast,” he said, noting that the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax earmarked for the center will run out in March of 2018, a date which could coincide with the completion of the new courthouse and judicial offices.

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