Construction of the new Cumberland County Health Department is expected to be completed in late October to mid-November.

Kim Chamberlin, architect with Upland Design Group and architect on the county's health department project, reported the news to the county's financial management committee during its meeting last week.

Although the project was originally expected to be complete by the end of September, weather has played a part in delaying work on the project.

"We had a lot of rain days that were built into the project and we don't anticipate any problems with the federal grant money," Chamberlin said.

Chamberlin and Karen Roper, director of the Cumberland County Health Department, attended the meeting to give some updates on the project.

"We will send an information report to the federal agencies and I'm going to help Karen today with some of the language in that letter, but I don't foresee any problems with the grants," Chamberlin said.

"If any of you have been by there recently you can see that all of the roofing and exterior is complete and they are now in the dry so it should start coming along pretty quickly. They've had a lot of contractors over there and it should start progressing," Chamberlin said.

Chamberlin also reported some additions to the project under the contingency fund.

He said there were some additional corner guards and wall guards that were needed to be added at a cost of $1,028; vented metal soffit at $5,358; additional parking and no smoking signs at $1,700; and meeting room floor material changes at a cost of $9,475.

"In the long run, this flooring will save the county money in maintenance costs because it is a no-wax, low maintenance flooring," Chamberlin said.

Roper also recommended the changes.

"These are all included in the project under the contingency fund and are not change orders. No additional monies are needed, but I wanted you all to be aware of them and get your approval on the flooring," Chamberlin said.

The vented soffit has to be changed because the other product that was included in the bid is no longer manufactured.

"It's a discontinued product so we didn't have much of a choice," Chamberlin said.

Chamberlin said they also were adding two roller shades at a cost of $4,458, but that would be deducted from the furniture line.

Chamberlin reported that to date there have been $29,312 in changes and revisions in the project that have been funded through the contingency fund. There is a total of $80,000 built into the contingency fund for the project.

Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, moved to approve the changes and additions and Harry Sabine, 1st District commissioner, supported the motion. It was unanimously approved.

Scott Blaylock, county highway superintendent; Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner; and Aarona VanWinkle, director of schools, did not attend the meeting.

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