Maintenance Director Discusses Justice Center, Annex Issues with Commissioners


The Pulaski County Commissioners gave the maintenance director permission to seek an additional appropriation from the county council to replace the aging equipment at the Pulaski County Justice Center.

Some of the equipment is already starting to fail, according to Jeff Johnston. He said he’d like to take care of the equipment while there is money yet in this year’s budget.

Two commercial water heaters, two water softeners, four roof-top air conditioning units, and a new control system that has remote access would be purchased for the justice center.

Bids will be sought for the equipment requested. The cost of all of the items needed is estimated at $219,000.

Another issue that Johnston brought to the commissioners last night was concrete work done at the annex building.

“They finished the repair over there around the bottom edge and it’s already cracking,” said Johnston. “I’ve tried to contact the company twice and I’m not getting any return calls. I would really like to maybe talk with Kevin’s [Tankersley, county attorney] office about what course of action we take. I firmly believe that we need to pull it all off the walls. We’ll get a masonry company in here and pull everything down and start from scratch. We’ve got little stress cracks appearing everywhere.”

County Attorney Kevin Tankersley agreed to look at the agreement and he will recommend what direction to take after that.