Energy improvement projects in county-owned buildings were discussed during Thursday’s meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
“One of the main focuses of this supervisory board is our failing infrastructure, not only with sewerage, but also with our buildings,” said Commissioner Jamie Booth.
Dynamix Energy Services representatives were on hand for questions as the board signed a letter of intent with the energy assessment engineers.
Booth often said things get fixed when they break and there is no advance planning.
The plumbing and HVAC are aging and the lack of preventive maintenance on the courthouse doesn’t work in his book, he added.
“Over the past few weeks, they have assessed five buildings in the county, including the courthouse and the annex,” he said. “This letter of intent is the province putting skin into play.”
The letter of intent is an agreement that Dynamix will “implement comprehensive facility improvement and energy-saving projects” with the province. The project includes several facility improvements that improve the work environment and improve operating costs for the county courthouse and outbuilding.
“Based on this review, we could pay for upgrades, which is our ultimate goal,” said Booth. “We now know our failing systems. What we pay for is how we can make it better.”
The Washington County Department of Job and Family Services asked the commission to sign an agreement with Pickering Associates for renovation of 311 Third St., Marietta.
The building will soon house the OhioMeansJobs offices.
“We will be able to place nine offices there, plus six workstations where individuals can search for a job, a meeting room and an individual interview room,” said JFS director Flite Freimann. “So we can hold job fairs there, our workforce development staff will be housed there, and individuals can come off the streets and look for work.”
The total service cost of the agreement is $30,900 for the design and permit/construction documents, along with bidding services and construction administration.
Freimann said the contract is for the overall supervision of the project.
“HVAC, plumbing and anything that needs to be done, then they’ll go ahead and outsource the actual work,” said Freimann.
The contractor’s bidding will take four weeks and construction start date has yet to be determined.
He explained that when the full project is complete, the $30,900 plus material and labor costs will be added to the purchase price of the building.
“And the block that has already been deployed to arrive at a total value for the building”, he said. “Then that will be valued in 40 years’ time and Workforce Development will pay depreciation or rent. The commissioners and the public are not out of these funds. We will pay them back over time.”
Booth said it’s important to… “Get off this building as we will have a standalone employment center for people looking for or people wanting to get workers.”
“I think this is a great thing. I think OhioMeansJobs sometimes gets lost in the mix (at 1115 Gilman Ave.), so it’s going to be huge to separate it. said Booth.