Knoxville — In a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Marion County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a change order for the courthouse clock tower project.
"This change order pretty much covers a complete rebuild," Facilities Director Cal Stephens said. The change order adds $195,736 to the cost of the project. The County and contractors were unaware of the level of deterioration of the tower's structure, including bricks and mortar, before work on the project began.
Supervisor Mark Raymie believes that the work covered by the change order would cause problems in the future if the County did not address it at this time. Auditor Jake Grandia said there is cash available for this additional cost, though a budget amendment will be required. The total cost of the project will be spread over two fiscal years.
With the discovery of the deteriorated brick, past and future projects to improve the courthouse and possible effects of the City of Knoxville's streetscape and infrastructure project, Chairman Craig Agan asked Stephens if a study had been done on the courthouse, from top to bottom. Stephens said has not seen one.
Jasper County recently made improvements to its courthouse. A study was done on that building before work progressed, according to Stephens. Having such a study done for Marion County is recommended.