Elbert County Facilities Assessment Underway
Back in March, Elbert County Government issued a Request for Proposals for a consultant to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment Plan for all of Elbert County Government’s buildings and grounds. As we prepare for future growth, it’s important to know what the condition all of County property is in, and what might be required to make it safe, cost-effective to maintain, and able to handle expansion of County staff and operations when that’s necessary.
On the morning of April 18, County staff conducted a pre-proposal meeting with interested consultants, and 21 representatives of over a dozen companies attended. They asked questions about the condition of the buildings and grounds, heard presentations from the County Manager’s Office and County Commissioners on what the project priorities are, and participated in a quick tour of the administrative offices in the historic Elbert County Courthouse, the Road & Bridge shop in Kiowa, and the Elbert County Fairgrounds.
Proposals are due on May 14, and a team of subject-matter experts on County staff will meet later that week to begin evaluating the proposals. “We hope to have presentations from finalists by the end of May, and a contract with the successful proposer in place sometime in June. Negotiations to put together a solid contract can take some time, and we want to make sure the end product will be a plan that the County can use far into the future. It’s a critical project for Elbert County Government, and we’re looking forward to getting it completed,” said Eileen Krauth, Deputy County Manager.
In other facilities-related updates, architectural drawings for the Samuel Elbert Building are in progress and should be complete soon. When the County purchased the 1980s-vintage building in 2017, there were no current schematics available. In order to obtain the appropriate permits to complete needed renovations, those drawings are being developed by an architect and engineer, and will be a tool for the facilities consultant to use in projecting the most appropriate use of the building into the future. In the meantime, the building is being used effectively as the home for the Elbert County Clerk and Recorder and Treasurer’s offices. It may be the most-visited County Government location in Elbert County, as it houses Elbert County’s motor vehicle department. We look forward to seeing you there when your tags are due!