Holmes County Commissioners awarded a bid to replace the roof on the county health department facility when they met in regular session May 16.

County Attorney Nate Nolin and County Manager David Corbin opened seven bids during the meeting and commissioners ultimately voted on the lowest bidder for the job. Johnson Roofing Solutions will replace the current roof with shingles at a cost of $42,095. The job will have a 10-year workmanship warranty along with a manufacturer’s 50-year warranty on the shingles themselves. The board opted to go with shingles rather than galvanized aluminum, saving the county $14,504.

After hearing from engineer Cliff Knauer, commissioners made a final decision on the location of the government efficiency building construction. The location will be where the pole barn sits currently on the agricultural center property. When the bid advertisement goes out there will be three different size buildings to bid on – 80×180, 80×160 and 80×120. The largest of the three is a 14,400-square-foot building and the smallest is an 8,000-square-foot building. The county will then decide which will be the best fit for the funding and to meet their needs. Knauer advised commissioners the property would allow for 125 to 150 parking spaces.

Commissioners opted to wait on signing a letter of support for the Ponce de Leon Fire Department until a final decision on appropriated funding comes down from the governor’s office. As of May 16, there is $2 million in the state budget earmarked for the volunteer fire and rescue department. The wait now is for the governor to make cuts from the budget. The Advertiser will continue to follow this and will update when a decision is made.

After disbanding their fire department several months ago until they could decide how to move forward, the Town of Noma requested $2,000 from the county to bring it back. Commissioners approved the request which will be paid out of board contingencies.

The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. June 6.

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