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Minor adjustments needed at courthouse

Staff Writer

During its first meeting in the newly-renovated Pike County Courthouse, commissioners discussed several items of business, including minor adjustments to the building.

New windows in the courthouse have brought some discomfort to employees facing the front of the courthouse, said County Administrator Mark Tyner.

He said employees have reported a problem with the sun’s glare and the need to have some sort of covering on those windows.

One option is tinting, which will cost an estimated $5,900 with a lifetime warranty. Tyner had no cost estimate on blinds.

Chairman Willie Thomas said the thermostats have no locking device, which has posed another problem since anyone has the ability to change the temperature.

Thomas said fencing is another matter that must be taken care of soon. Commissioner Charlie Harris recommended Thomas and Tyner work on that and the windows as long as the price comes in under the bid law specifications.

As those improvements are being made, workers must clear out the former Wal-Mart building that was used as a temporary courthouse facility. Partitions must be taken down and furniture that will be declared surplus must be moved out and put into storage.

In other business, the commission:

· Passed a resolution giving Carter Brothers Manufacturing permission to apply for a loan through the county so the company can get a lower rate.

Tyner described the action as a "formality of a governing body endorsing" the action. He said passing the resolution does not commit the county to anything.

· Decommissioned the temporary courthouse and recommissioned the Pike County Courthouse for use by the courts.

· Denied a liquor application from Lampley’s BP.

· Approved one-step pay increases to two employees reaching their anniversary dates.

· Expressed appreciation to county employees for helping with the courthouse move and the public for its patience during the transition.

· Recognized the absence of Commissioner Larry Penn who was on National Guard duty.