A little over three months after getting the go-ahead to begin construction, Randy Evans of Randy Evans Construction has reported to the Jackson County Commissioners that the records retention facility at 27 E. South St. is “substantially complete.”

Evans, representing his construction company, told the Commissioners during the Tuesday morning, Nov. 24 meeting that the building has passed all of its required inspections and is now able to be occupied. He said a few punch-list items still need to be completed, and also pointed out that Columbia Gas has yet to run service to the facility, meaning the site is currently without heat.

With regard to the situation with Columbia Gas, Evans stated the project’s architect Jon Stevison was working to expedite that process and he also recommended the Commissioners reach out to the company to assist in that endeavor.

A total of four area companies submitted bids for this project, with Randy Evans Construction submitting the lowest at $219,000. Evans was given the notice of commencement during the Aug. 4 Commissioners’ meeting to construct the 4,000-square-foot facility, which will be used to house records for various county offices.

In the past, a number of county offices have utilized a portion of the building at 200 Broadway St., Jackson, for records storage. This site, which sits adjacent to the current Jackson AMVETS Post 84, has been unoccupied since being utilized by the Jackson County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ (JCBDD) Art in the Heart program as a storefront. In early March, a purchase agreement was approved in the form of Resolution 55-20 between the county and Jackson AMVETS Post 84, after the non-profit organization had expressed interest in purchasing the 200 Broadway St. property.

The sale of this property is what prompted the construction project.

Commissioner Paul Haller gave thanks to Evans during the Nov. 24 meeting and said an official ceremony would be conducted at a later date to celebrate its completion. Echoing those sentiments, Commissioner Ed Armstrong said the facility, which had been discussed for close to eight years, would “improve record retrieval by a lot.”