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Jefferson County maintenance building nearly finished

February 07, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Lot 18, as Jefferson County’s new $270,000 maintenance building is called until someone comes up with a better name, is almost finished, the county’s maintenance department chief said last week.

The building, on Industrial Boulevard near the county’s 911 dispatch center and the sheriff’s law-enforcement offices, was bought by the county last year for $500,000 from the Bank of Charles Town and the West Virginia State Development Authority, said Bill Polk, director of the county maintenance department.

Another $231,000 was pumped into the building in renovations and equipment. Maintenance department employees did much of the work, he said.

Polk, in a video presentation detailing the building’s features for the Jefferson County Commission last Thursday, said installation of its state-of-the-art security system and paving the parking lot are about all that’s left to be finished.

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The county’s new vehicle repair garage is already up and running inside the maintenance building, according to Polk’s presentation.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot building provides secure storage space for the county’s voting machines.

About 4,000 square feet of new space was added to the original structure.

It also has four offices, a large conference room, restrooms and a small kitchen area, Polk said.

The county hired a full time auto mechanic and carpenter late last year so it could do more of its own work as a cost-saving move.

The building’s new vehicle repair garage maintains county-owned vehicles for all departments, including sheriff department cruisers and Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency vehicles.

Polk said all department heads turned over their annual vehicle repair budgets, nearly $310,000, to his department.

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