Houston County Commssion Workers Have Started Moving

Houston County workers are starting to pack their things.

They're beginning to move the county administration operations to a temporary home, while crews renovate the permanent building next year.

Chairman Mark Culver says it's a win-win situation for county workers and tax-payers as well.

When something big happens, the best way to spread the news is word of mouth.

That's why many Houston County workers are now telling customers the news as they walk-in.

Starting January the building will move, but not far.

It will relocate in the old mayor building.

The change is part of ESCO, an energy savings project.

“It allows us to spend a significant amount on energy savings equipment and there's a guarantee that the savings will pay for the cost of the equipment,” said Houston County Chairman Mark Culver.

The project will cost $400,000.

Renovations should take 3 to 4 months, and the new installations won't just make the building look good, it will save tax dollars as well and create new jobs.

“Rather than becoming a relocation for the county, it's become a community project because once we're gone this company comes in they bring jobs with them. It helps spur the economy downtown,” said Culver.

While some fear the change will be a hassle for customers, Culver says mail, phones, and customer service should operate as normal.

"The issue you'll see is if you come down to the office and to do business with the county," said Culver.

Construction is already underway at the mayor building so the county can move in.

Until then, employees are counting down the days until they move out.

There's good news though, the next business to rent the mayor building will reimburse the county $100,000 for renovations.

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