Annex renovations on commission agenda

The Russell County Commission has its work session this afternoon at 5 p.m. EDT, with one of the key items being the contract for renovations at the Russell County Courthouse Annex, the former Mead Coated Board headquarters.

Ben B. Gordy of Midland, Ga. was the sole bidder for the contract at $654,000, but County Administrator LeAnn Horne and architect Mike Hamrick of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood have been reviewing the bid specifications to find savings for the county.

The county purchased the building from MeadWestvaco last year for $5 million, with a $7,835 million bond issue financing the purchase and renovations. Hamrick has said the timetable for occupation of the two-story building, which will house virtually all of the county's non-judicial functions, is late August-September of this year.

Once the annex is occupied, the Russell County Courthouse will be renovated to become the county Judicial Center with all justice related offices and courtrooms.