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Airport construction contract tops commissioners’ Monday agenda

In what’s scheduled to be a relatively short meeting, county commissioners on Monday are expected to approve construction of a nearly $600,000 office space at the Rowan airport.

The office space is specifically being built for airplane charter company Strategic Moves LLC. In April, the company announced its plans to move its headquarters from Statesville to the Rowan County Airport. In addition to leasing the airport’s largest hangar, commissioners also committed to providing 4,200 square feet of office space for Strategic Moves.

Initial estimates for the office space were about $750,000. During their regularly scheduled, 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, commissioners will consider the same space at a cost of $594,571.

Carpenter Construction Company, of Oakboro in Stanly County, submitted the lowest bid. Local companies KMD Construction Company and LaFave’s Construction Company submitted bids on the office space, but were the two highest bids.

In a letter to Rowan County Manager Aaron Church, Architect Bill Burgin recommended a construction contract that included a parking lot with the office space. Burgin, whose company is overseeing construction, said the prices received were “extremely favorable.”

His letter estimated a cost of $141.56 per square foot for the office space.

Church estimates construction on the airport hangar could start by Nov. 1 if commissioners approved the proposed construction contract.

Commissioners’ meeting on Monday will be in the county administration building — 130 West Innes Street.

In other business from Monday’s agenda:

• Commissioners will have a public hearing to consider a change to the county’s personnel ordinance.

The proposed change in the personnel ordinance would give county employees three days off for Christmas instead of two.

The change would bring Rowan County into compliance with the N.C. Office of Human Resources.

• Commissioners will consider scheduling a rezoning for Nov. 2 to rezone a tract of land on Old U.S. Highway 70 near Cleveland from manufactured home park to rural agricultural.

• Commissioners will considering giving the Town of Granite Quarry a right-of-way easement for construction of a water line from Charmandy Drive that will cross county property.

The water line would extend into a new industrial park adjacent to Gildan’s manufacturing plant near Heilig Road.

• Commissioners will go into closed session for attorney-client privledge regarding a personnel matter.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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