County shop construction underway

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nearly a year after an ice storm destroyed the Poinsett County shop, the construction for a new one is finally underway.

At the March Quorum Court meeting, JPs voted to accept a $99,467 bid from Square Post Buildings of Arkansas. The process of accepting a bid was delayed by the court because of the initial high bids taken last year. Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell said the first bid last year was over $300,000 to build the shop building.

"At the beginning of the year, we looked at the plans again and cut unnecessary things out to get a basic shop building," Cantrell said. "I need that other $200,000 to buy equipment and other things in the county."

Currently, the county is spending nearly $2,000 a month to rent a space to use as the shop. A trailer is being used as the office.

The land has been graded off for the shop. Continued construction on the building will begin as soon as the weather allows. The shop is going to be a 60 by 80 square foot building with an office space.

"It is going to be a very nice and orderly building, giving the whole area a complete facelift," Cantrell said.

Judge Cantrell plans to use his road crew to finish the inside of the building. Construction is expected to be complete by July 1.

County employees are also working to clean culverts, repair roads, and replace bridges. Cantrell said gravel roads have been nearly undriveable due to the snow and ice accumulation from this past winter. He plans to concentrate repairs on roads with the most traffic, as well as, roads that are on bus routes.

"Everyone is out working in the county. We have very good, hardworking employees," Cantrell said.

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