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Courthouse repair bill is costly

JACKSON — Northampton County Board of Commissioners will need to seek funding sources in order to pay for repairs to the Northampton County Courthouse.

At a recent meeting, County Manager Wayne Jenkins presented the commissioners with a list of urgent needs to be done to the courthouse. That list was passed down from the Northampton County Facility and Security Committee who also set a timeframe for the items to be completed.

Among the items Jenkins presented estimates and figures for included: $20,000 to contract with Truetech, Inc. for the removal of bats, $26,100 to contract with a roofing company to eliminate leaks, approximately $82,000 for the hiring of two sworn deputies to man a metal detector and provide building security and $500 to install buzzers for doors and panic buttons in high risks areas of the courthouse.

Jenkins also estimated a RFP (request for proposal) to perform a complete needs assessment for the building to be at $40,000.

Already scheduled to be done and budgeted for is the replacement of floor tile, painting of the walls and carpet being restored.

He estimated the work in total would cost more than $200,000.

“Before I can do this, I need a funding source,” said Jenkins to the commissioners.

Commission Chair Robert Carter suggested that he and his colleagues explore the issue before their next meeting.