County board kills renovation plans to annex

The Knox County Board was split on the planned renovation to the annex conference room and thus killed the proposed project.

The renovation project went through the county’s building committee and was an action item on last night’s county board agenda and included re-carpeting and repainting the conference room along with the purchase of new chairs and table.

County board member Jared Hawkinson opened discussion by saying he would be voting no on the item, saying there were more pressing issues in county owned buildings than the work to be done at the annex.

The examples Hawkinson gave included cracks in the walls of the recorder’s office, and an assistant of the state’s attorney who has to cover their desk because of dust and dirt that gets blown into the office from outside.

County employees in attendance were asked for their input and said the annex had water leaking issues and believed mold was a problem.

Sheriff David Clague said work on the annex roof was done two years ago, but Cody Basham of Klingner and Associates had yet to inspect it’s condition.

Chairman Pamela Davidson said the five year plan is in full effect and work is being addressed.

With board member Michael Nelson not present at the meeting the board tied 7-7 on the motion to approve the renovations.