County prepping for move into Creamery building
Future meetings of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners are expected to take place in the newly-renovated Creamery building in downtown Madison.
The boardâ€™s September 11 meeting (which will occur on the second Tuesday of the month rather than the first Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday) will be held in the commissionersâ€™ new conference room at the intersection of Hancock and East Washington Streets.
At their regular August meeting, commissioners made a number of adjustments to their 2007 and 2008 budgets.
Chief among them was an amendment to the FY 2007 financial statements, appropriating $911,800 for the purchase and renovation of the Creamery as the new administration for the county.
â€œIf you recall, the funding for the Creamery was a million-dollar loan, plus $700,000 cash, plus renovation expenses,â€� said County Manager Michael Lamar. â€œThis is the accounting for that.â€�
The county also approved $10,500 in additional expenditures to the county District Attorneyâ€™s office, for juvenile justice programs and the office of the assistant district attorney; commissioners also green-lighted the acquisition of a new computer server in the Clerk of Superior Courtâ€™s office, a piece of equipment that is needed within the year so that collected court data are not compromised.Â
The board voted to permit the county recreation department to construct a wooden, road-frontage fence along property being developed as a passive recreation space on Fears Rd., but tabled approval of a wire fence around the perimeter of the acreage pending further discussion.
Finally, the commissioners approved a contract with auditors Bates and Carter for review of the 2007 budget, with the additional provision that Bates and Carter audit the books of the Morgan County library for the countyâ€™s review.
â€œIâ€™m a library supporter, but I have no problem with auditing the library,â€� said Commissioner Chester Thomas.
Commission Chairman Mack Bohlen pointed out that the library is the only entity to which the county provides funding that the county does not currently audit. County Manager Michael Lamar indicated that the library was open to the process.