- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Pike County supervisors continue to debate the costs of building a new maintenance barn.

The Enterprise-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1fC1p3N) the board’s engineering consultants forecast a cost of $787,000 for an 8,100-square-foot building.

Neel-Schaffer representative Keith Lott said the cost breaks down to $97 per square foot. “I’m still in favor of putting up a metal building and getting someone to put in office space,” Honea said. “This is going to turn into a huge project.”

Supervisor Gary Honea questioned the estimate, saying he’s purchased metal buildings on concrete slabs for less than $100,000.

He said he wanted to see the cost broken down for the mechanical work space and the office areas. “I don’t know if the county can afford what could turn out to be a million-dollar building,” he said.

But Lott and architect Steve Cox say a county barn would need lights, exhaust systems, plumbing, lift cranes, heavy support beams, high overhead doors, hydraulic lines and office space - all adding to the cost.

Lott and Cox were asked to bring a detailed estimate to the board’s March 14 meeting.

Board President Chuck Lambert asked county administrator Andrew Alford to present financing options.

“I want a safe working environment for our people, and that will take care of equipment better,” Lambert said.

Supervisors also are considering renovation of the existing barn.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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