Construction on county's multi-use facility begins

RACHEL KELLER COLLINS/The Tribune-Courier

(From left) Marshall County Clerk Tim York, Marshall County Commissioner Monti Collins, Travis Construction Inc. Project Manager Quentin Riley, Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal, Marshall County E-911 Director Chris Freeman, Marshall County Commissioner Justin Lamb and Marshall County Deputy Judge-Executive Brad Warning scoop dirt during last week's groundbreaking ceremony at the future location of the county's multi-use facility which will house the 911 department, the county's maintenance department and voting equipment storage for the county clerk's office.

A handful of Marshall County's elected officials and department heads met with the construction project manager for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the county's new multi-purpose facility currently under construction on Hwy. 68 near Draffenville, directly across the street from the Mike Miller County Park.

In May, the Marshall County Fiscal Court accepted a bid for nearly $2.1 million from Travis Construction Inc. of Calvert City. The 9,813-square foot facility will house the county's maintenance department, voting equipment for the County Clerk's office and Marshall County E-911.

Quentin Riley, estimating/project manager with Travis Construction, said construction began the last week of July and is scheduled for completion in spring 2020.

In June, Marshall County E-911 Director Chris Freeman told The Tribune-Courier the new facility will provide the proper climate-controlled and secure space for housing the center's costly equipment, which he said will also result in better longevity of equipment.

Previous to being selected as the site for a multi-use facility, the county owned a building at that same location which housed equipment for the road department and maintenance department--but it burned in Jan. 2018 and had to be torn down. When the fiscal court was tasked with replacing the building, they recognized other departments that had need for new space and settled on a multi-use facility, which at one time also included storage space for the road department and a new coroner's office.

The fiscal court worked through a number of drafted designs with architects from RBS Design before selecting the current arrangement.

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