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A bid from a Macon-based construction company to build a new county health department was unanimously approved by members of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday night meeting.

A construction bid for $2.41 million was approved, according to Baldwin County Assistant Manager Dawn Hudson.

The bid was awarded to ICB Construction, which beat out 12 other construction companies seeking it, including one from the lowest bidder.

Hudson told commissioners the lowest bid was withdrawn due to a calculation error.

“The references have been checked and all the requirements have been met,” Hudson said. “So, we ask that the board accept the bid from ICB Construction.”

 A motion was later made by Commissioner Henry Craig to approve the bid. Commissioner Emily C. Davis seconded the motion.

When Commission Chairman John H. Westmoreland called for the vote, he, along with Commissioners Tommy French and Sammy Hall supported fellow commissioners with the award of the bid to the construction company from Macon-Bibb County.

Once construction on the new the Baldwin County Health Department is completed, the office will be relocated from its current site on Barrows Ferry Road to North Glynn Street, to adjacent the Georgia Youth Detention Center.

The health department’s new site was made possible when former Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal transferred 5.7 acres of state property. 

Plans for the new Baldwin County Health Department will address issues experienced at the existing facility. The current structure, built in 1904, was renovated in 1986 when the then closed building was purchased by Baldwin County for use as a health department. 

In other business, Baldwin County Attorney David McRee told commissioners that in 2012 some property on Meriwether Road was deeded to the county, which subsequently led to the county erecting a communications tower.

Earlier this year, county officials were approached by officials with Verizon about being able to use that communications tower.

“And of course, they will pay the county for that,” McRee said. “There were some hoops that had to be jumped through when Weyerhaeuser deeded that property to the county. They put a reverter clause in the deed that reflected that if the property was used for anything other than a public purpose the property itself would revert back to Weyerhaeuser.”

 McRee said the county was negotiating with officials with the company that deeded the property and that they had reached an agreement.

The county attorney said commissioners would need to approve two different documents.

“The first one is an amendment to the limited warranty deed, which reflects the change they are approving so that we will be able to lease the space on the tower to Verizon,” McRee said. “The second document is a letter of understanding between the county and Weyerhaeuser.”

Commissioners later approved both documents, following a motion from French and a second from Hall. 

Each of the five commissioners signed off on the documents.

The term of the agreement is for five years, McRee said.

“I believe the county will get over that five-year period $180,000 in money from Verizon,” McRee said.







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