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Center's foundation might need changes

December 02, 2005|by DAVE MCMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Jefferson County officials agreed Thursday to explore the possibility of changing the type of foundation for a community center at a Sam Michaels Park site where soft ground is driving up the cost of the project.

The foundation that has been planned for the roughly $2.8 million building so far is a "piling" system, which involves support structures that extend into the ground, county officials said.

The piling system will cost about $300,000, said Tim Barr, director of the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Jefferson County Commission members have been discussing whether there might be a cheaper way of building the foundation. They agreed Thursday to have Triad Engineering examine other alternatives.

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Chief County Engineer Roger Goodwin said Thursday he has been told that there may be another way of designing the foundation, and County Commission President Rusty Morgan said he believes an alternative design could save the county more than $100,000.

Officials at Thursday's commission meeting wondered whether there is time to change the foundation design.

Ground was broken at the site north of Charles Town along Job Corps Road on Nov. 14.

Goodwin said the county could proceed with the current foundation design and later amend the building permit for the building if officials decide to change the design.

"And you just keep on moving," Goodwin said.

Triad Engineering's work will cost about $4,800, commission members said.

Parks and Recreation Commission officials have said the community center is needed because they do not have an indoor facility for their programs. That means the commission must rent space for its classes.

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