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County to seek bids for addition to store voting machines

Published: 9:15 AM, 05/14/2013 Last updated: 9:15 AM, 05/14/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Members of the Finance Committee of the Cocke County Legislative Body voted Monday to seek bids for an addition to the Courthouse Annex that would be used for storing voting machines.

County Finance Director Anne Bryant-Hurst told members that, for several years, the machines had been stored at the Cocke County Fire Department.

"They have to be in a climate-controlled area," she said. "But the fire department got another truck and they need the space. And, the county is at a loss for storage space."

Bryant-Hurst reported the county has gotten estimates from Brockwell Construction Company on closing portions of the courtyard space at the annex as a means to store the machines. The estimate for a 370 square-foot area would be $32,375 and the estimate for a 135 square-foot space was $16,875. The price per square foot would be cheaper for the larger area, estimated at $87.50 per square foot, while the smaller area is estimated at $125 per square foot.

Bryant-Hurst pointed out, however, the cost of the project would require the county to obtain bids. She added, if the cost exceeded $25,000, the firm chose would be required to have an architect, according to state law.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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