A major infrastructure piece of the Madison County Fairgrounds, the bathrooms, will be receiving a major facelift, but won’t be ready until 2018.
Whittaker Wright and Joe Segna, the architects who drew up the plans, met with the commissioners Monday to get approval for moving forward with the project, after showing the county officials the plans for the facility.
“Right now the funding is coming from the community block grant, which should be between $56,000 and $58,000,” said Wright. “Our meeting was just to show the commissioners our plans and then get permission to move forward.”
Due to funding regulations, the structure itself will remain but will be significantly rehabilitated.
“Basically, from what I understand, we’re gutting the inside and replacing it with new fixtures, lighting, a concrete floor,” said Bryan Dhume, County Engineer.
Part of the plan includes replacing the lighting with energy efficient LED lights as well as making the facility up to code for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“We changed the inside so it’s accommodating for ADA covered persons,” said Segna. “We had to think about access, adding a walkway, among others.”
The water will also be heated with an electric heater, replacing a 400 gallon propane tank.
“That system out there is not safe,” said Segna. “The [old propane] tank is not protected from people getting through it, there’s no fencing.”
The cost of materials and other options will be brought to the commissioners at a later date.
Wright said he did not have an estimate, but said he hoped to have that by mid-July, with construction beginning in August through October.
Also during Monday’s commission meeting, Henry Comer was selected as a member of the London Metropolitan Housing Board. Comer is the co-owner of Mandy’s Daycare in London. He ran against Patrick Closser for London mayor in 2015, but lost the contest.
“I think it offers to the community a productive service and should offer a quality product to those it serves,” said Comer. “I feel honored to be a part of the board.”
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.