GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County officials held a pre-construction meeting Thursday at the Gallia-Meigs Regional Airport Thursday in discussion of creating a new storage facility to be used by the county sewer departments, as well as a storage area for Gallia Sheriff’s Office matters and investigations.
The building will be used to house the sheriff’s office mobile communications truck, also called the “command center,” as well as the sheriff’s office watercraft that is used on the Ohio River. The structure will be a metal post frame building, according to project engineer Randy Breech.
The building will be around 3,200 square feet. It will be 40 feet wide and 80 feet long. The building will have four bay doors on each side through which vehicles can be driven. The last will only have one bay door. The building is also anticipated to be 18 feet high.
According to Gallia Sheriff Joe Browning, the building will also be used for its “processing bay.” Part of the funding for the building was provided by a grant through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office so that Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents would have a secure location to go through vehicles connected with criminal cases.
According to Gallia County Commissioner David Smith, the cost of the project would be around $100,000.
“None of it’s general fund money,” Smith said.
According to the Browning and Smith, some drug forfeiture money was being used to fund the project. The Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office would be putting money into the project, too.
“All government dollars are not created equal,” Smith said. “We try to find ways to spend money that isn’t always general fund money. This case, that’s what we’re trying to do here. None of this is funded by general fund money.”
According to Smith, the general fund is around $8.5 million a year. The county attempts to hold back roughly $1.4 million for operating expenses as turn around time before tax revenue enters county coffers for around a two-month period early in the year.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, ext. 2103.