Courthouse north addition demolition work planned

A request for proposals will be sought for the demolition of the north addition of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

The issue was on this week's regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners.

The meeting was Tuesday afternoon at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

A draft for the request for proposals for demolition of the north addition and a concrete floor system was approved at Tuesday's meeting. The concrete floor is part of a Union County Highway Department building.

No definite timetable has been set for the demolition work. The work is part of the process involving construction of a new county courthouse.

The north addition includes a basement area, office space and one of the two courtrooms in the courthouse.

In a related matter, the county's courthouse committee is scheduled to meet next Tuesday morning in Jonesboro with representatives of the HOK architectural firm. The St. Louis firm is working on the design of the new courthouse.

Other Business

In other business at Tuesday's meeting:

Union County Treasurer  Darren Bailey presented a financial report.

Bailey's report showed that the county's general fund had a balance of $494,114.41 as of this week.

Bailey's report also included an update on revenue generated by a 1 percent county sales tax which went into effect July 1.

The revenue is being utilized to pay for the cost of construction of a new county courthouse.

Bailey's report showed that the sales tax has been generating an average of $80,365.20 a month since it began last summer.

At that rate, the sales tax would generate about $960,000 a year. The county anticipates paying about $800,000 on bonds which were issued for the courthouse construction project.

The treasurer reported that he is working on the possible consolidation of county checking accounts. He said the county has 71 such accounts.

The county commiss-ioners on Tuesday approved allocation of $4,000 to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The money willl come from the county's hotel/motel tourism tax fund.

The funds will be utilized by the wine trail to establish a new "wine bucks" promotion. The promotion is expected to be a boost for the wine trail and for local businesses.

The commissioners approved three building permits, including one for a cell tower, one for an addition at Saratoga Church near Cobden and one for a garage.

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