Lot 18, as Jefferson County’s new $270,000 maintenance building is called until someone comes up with a better name, is almost finished, the county’s maintenance department chief said last week.
The building, on Industrial Boulevard near the county’s 911 dispatch center and the sheriff’s law-enforcement offices, was bought by the county last year for $500,000 from the Bank of Charles Town and the West Virginia State Development Authority, said Bill Polk, director of the county maintenance department.
Another $231,000 was pumped into the building in renovations and equipment. Maintenance department employees did much of the work, he said.
Polk, in a video presentation detailing the building’s features for the Jefferson County Commission last Thursday, said installation of its state-of-the-art security system and paving the parking lot are about all that’s left to be finished.
The county’s new vehicle repair garage is already up and running inside the maintenance building, according to Polk’s presentation.
The nearly 20,000-square-foot building provides secure storage space for the county’s voting machines.
About 4,000 square feet of new space was added to the original structure.
It also has four offices, a large conference room, restrooms and a small kitchen area, Polk said.
The county hired a full time auto mechanic and carpenter late last year so it could do more of its own work as a cost-saving move.
The building’s new vehicle repair garage maintains county-owned vehicles for all departments, including sheriff department cruisers and Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency vehicles.
Polk said all department heads turned over their annual vehicle repair budgets, nearly $310,000, to his department.