County Administrator Mike Underwood brought the issue before the commissioners at their June 17 meeting, which was actually the fifth county meeting of the day for a majority of the board members.
The administrator explained that the building of a fire station has two components – the building, constructed by Premier Construction, and the site work, which in Jones County is typically handled by the public works department.
The building is nearing completion, but when it was time to pave the parking lot, an issue arose because of a gas line easement in front of the property. It is a 30-foot easement, and the two driveways for the fire station had to go over it.
Public works director John Lowe negotiated with the gas company about how the driveways needed to be done.
Because of the gas lines, the portions of the driveways over the easement could not be asphalt, and Underwood said, when he went to the site Thursday, the concrete company was finishing up. The next day he was presented with a bill for $89,292.
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