Commission considers alternate building plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

The Roosevelt County Commission is looking at a change in plans for the proposed multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds.

At the commission meeting Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse, County Manager Charlene Hardin said the proposed 63,000-square-foot metal building would cost $5.8 million, which was not a viable option.

The only way to sufficiently drop the price would be to decrease the square footage, defeating the structure’s purpose of housing such things as fair animals and equestrian events, she said.

Instead, Hardin recommended getting a “Cover All” building through a contractor in Roswell. She and other county representatives traveled to Roswell to see one.

“It’s not a metal building,” she said.

Hardin later said the structure would have concrete and metal walls 10 feet tall, and polymer fabric with metal frames forming the upper part of the building.

The contractor didn’t have time to prepare precise calculations of cost, but his “from the cuff” estimate was $25 to $30 per square foot, Hardin said. That would put the building price in the range of $1.6 million to $1.9 million.

Hardin said the barn wouldn’t need manmade lighting during the day, and the contractor could build it with or without insulation.

“They said there’s not a lot of temperature change within (Cover All buildings),” Hardin said.

The temperature inside and outside the structures is the same, but the walls keep out the wind, Hardin said an owner of a Cover All told her.

The polymer fabric isn’t flammable, resists hail damage and doesn’t tear, although someone could poke a hole in it, Hardin said.

Because they didn’t have an exact price, the commissioners didn’t vote on the issue.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved $579,000 in matching funds for indigent care at Roosevelt General Hospital. Hospital administrator James D’Agostino hopes the federal government will match the funds to bring the total to almost $2 million.

• Approved going out to bid on renovating space in the courthouse, once used for the jail, to become offices. Hardin said the work would cost $500,000 at the most.