The final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, and demolition work at the old Hawes Center property should be beginning very soon.
Yesterday evening, the Elbert County Board of Education became the final governing body to agree to terms laid out in an intergovernmental contract concerning the demolition of the Hawes Center property located off of Mill Street.
During the board’s work session last Monday, concerns were expressed about being able to complete the demolition work before the deadlines that were outlined in the contract.
Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell said the deadlines concerning the project are flexible.
“Those deadlines stated in the contract, specific dates, they are going to work with us. They trust that if we stepped forward with due diligence, they’re not going to be sitting there waiting to take action at the end of February if we have some loose ends there”, explained Bell Monday evening.
An addendum was added into the contract by the school board, in addition to the terms already agreed upon.
Bell said the addendum address how the school board will handle the old gymnasium on the property.
“The addendum will establish that the school district will secure the gym and make it available for sale, and if there is not a reasonable purchaser in place by July 1st, 2014; that the parties being the city, the county, and the school board, will come back together again and agree upon a demolition similar to the other buildings at the site”, said Bell.
A motion was made for the Elbert County school board to agree to the intergovernmental contract, which passed with a unanimous vote.
The expected deadline before the first phase of demolition work is completed is February 28th, 2014.