A proposed ordinance that would have allowed Jefferson County to issue financial notes to fund upgrades to county buildings in an effort to make them more energy efficient was tabled Tuesday during a short meeting of the Quorum Court.
Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Danny Holcomb called for the proposal to be tabled in order to allow a second group that had previously expressed interest in the project to submit a bid.
Earlier this year, the county’s legislative body received information from a company that proposed to make improvements to existing county buildings, such as replacing lighting with LED fixtures, replacing toilets and sinks, fixing the heating and cooling system and others.
They had guaranteed that the project could be paid for over as 10-year period with savings on utility bills.
The proposed ordinance set the projected cost of the upgrades at $2,298,508, with the county obtaining a short-term financial agreement and using proceeds from the notes to cover the costs and interest at or below 4 percent.
Justice of the Peace Ted Harden said the second group involves a local company.
Also on Tuesday, a proposed appropriation ordinance for the Jefferson County Road Department in the amount of $316633.09 was tabled until next Monday to allow the Road Department a chance to provide additional documentation for the sources of the funds.
According to the proposed ordinance, the Road Department received funds from an insurance claim on a wrecked vehicle and sold vehicles at auction and public sales, but Justice of the Peace Dr. Conley Byrd, the chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee, said receipts from those sales and insurance claim were $7,000 short of the total the Road Department asked for.
“We’re going to pull this until they can straighten out the numbers,” Byrd said.
A proposed ordinance transferring $77,892.22 within the budget for the county’s Solid Waste Department was recommended for approval with the funds being designated for salaries and benefits. That proposed ordinance will be up for a final vote when the Quorum Court meets Monday at 5:30 p.m.