BOCC conditionally approves courthouse lease with NFCD

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM.

“I have been working 18 months on trying to save this building,” said Commissioner Ward McDaniel, “and take the burden off the taxpayer. It’s a historic building.”

Novak noted that county and NFCD staff will undertake an air quality to ensure the safety of the NFCD footprint before the company signs the lease.

The BOCC must still arrive at a plan and dollars to remediate issues in the back and upstairs of the courthouse, including leaks in the walls and basement and mold, issues that led to the BOCC moving all county offices in the courthouse into other facilities, particularly the old Health Department Building.

Another jail debate

For the second time in as many months Michael Hammond, administrator of the Gulf County Jail and deputy county administrator, took strong issue with comments made about the jail by Bryan during a prior meeting, this one the BOCC’s final budget hearing.

Saying Bryan had provided faulty facts and acted “irrationally” about the jail and potential savings, or in Hammond’s view no savings in farming inmates to Bay County, Hammond, in part defiant and in part condescending, took issue with Bryan’s description of the jail.

Hammond said Bryan had never set foot in the jail and had no basis to label it a “disgrace” during the budget meeting.

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