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County looks at investing a quarter of a million dollars in Safety Complex
David Blankenship recommended for county seat

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[May 20, 2014]  LINCOLN - The monthly workshop of the Logan County Board was held on Thursday night. There were several topics brought up for discussion by the board members in attendance.

Logan County Safety Complex repair

Bateman also took time to gauge interest on a potential addition to building projects being undertaken by the county. Currently, the Building and Grounds Committee has been working on collecting bids to replace the HVAC unit at the Safety Complex. Bateman said the low bid so far was from Henson-Robinson at a cost of $105,000. The new system would consist of several smaller units that would be easier to maintain, as opposed to the large central unit currently in place.

“While taking bids for the air-conditioning units, both companies that bid recognized that the roof is in horrible shape,” said Bateman. Bateman also said that there could be a possibility of discounts in price from either company, according to communications he has been in with said companies.

“Mr. Ruben brought up that the county could borrow money to do this all at one time, and then we could walk away from the Safety Complex for decades,” said Bateman, who added that the highest price noted so far would be $300,000 for all of the work combined, but it would likely fall closer to $250,000.

“I see us spending $500,000 trying to fix the roof and patch two units together. I think it’s time to spend good money instead of throwing good money after bad,” said Bateman.

Ruben clarified that counties are now allowed to borrow money from banks, rather than bonding money for such a project. Ruben also said that while he would like to avoid dedicating more years to paying off a loan, it would be much easier to repair everything now rather than work in a piecemeal fashion.

“There’s so many advantages for doing it all at once…but it’s a long term commitment, and a big decision for the board to make,” said Ruben.

Vice-Chairman David Hepler said it does not appear that there is dissent among the committee over this so far, and it seems that the committee should continue this discussion next month.

Potential new board member appointment

As part of his chairman’s report, Robert Farmer brought forward a potential nomination for a board member to take Bill Martin’s seat. Farmer asked David Blankenship to stand in front of the board and say a few words.

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Blankenship lives in Atlanta, and he has been an electrical contractor for twenty-three years. “I’ve been appointed to the Atlanta Planning Commission, and it’s no longer intact, but I was on the Citizen’s Policing Panel for a few years,” said Blankenship.

Blankenship said he worked with Martin for several years during Martin’s time as the mayor of Atlanta. Blankenship also said he had frequent discussions with Martin concerning the county and various projects. “I learned a lot from him and his administration,” said Blankenship.

“Bill and I had conversations periodically, and Dave’s name was mentioned frequently, the good things he has done. That’s why I got ahold of him,” said Farmer.

“You’ve got the best reference, coming from Bill,” said Rick Aylesworth.

Farmer said that if the vote passes on Tuesday, Blankenship will be sworn in this month.

Board member present at the meeting were Vice-Chairman David Hepler; Kevin Bateman, Rick Aylesworth, Chuck Ruben, Gene Rohlfs; Chairman Robert Farmer; and Jan Schumacher, and Emily Davenport (replacing Terry Carlton). Andy Anderson, Andy Meister, and Pat O’Neill were absent.

Animal Control appointment

Board member Kevin Bateman brought forward a motion to name Jane Whiteman as the assistant warden at Logan County Animal Control. With no discussion, a straw vote was taken, indicating that Whiteman’s appointment will be approved.

Whiteman would be replacing Maurice Tierney as the assistant warden of the county Animal Control due to retirement.


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