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Official wants Limestone to hire project manager

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — To save taxpayer money on construction projects, Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said he wants the county to create a project manager position.

Seibert said the position would pay $10.58 an hour.

Ricky Thompson, a retired Delphi employee, now is acting as a project manager for the county on a temporary basis.

A project manager would oversee upcoming construction endeavors such as the courthouse and event center renovations.

“We plan to have county workers do those jobs, so instead of hiring a company as construction managers, we might as well have our own project manager,” Seibert said.

Courthouse renovation

The $1 million courthouse renovation includes the addition of two courtrooms. Seibert said he hopes to start that project after completing the renovation of the former Hometown grocery store building in Crutcher Center for Community Corrections.

The county bought the Pilgrim’s Pride warehouse on Pryor Street and will renovate it to hold more items from the Alabama Veterans Museum and as an event center. Seibert said it will take about a year to do that job.

When construction projects aren’t ongoing, Seibert said, the project manager would do repairs.

The commission will vote March 7 on whether to create a permanent project manager position.

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