By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
At their regular meeting on December 13, Madison’s city commissioners accepted a bid from Brandies to demolish the Elnora Franklin home at 279 SE Pride Street. Supervisor of Public Works Chuck Hitchcock presented bids from Brandies, Kinsley, Blanton, McGhee, and Live Oak Management Group.
Hitchcock further reported that the Zoning Board is considering a special exemption for Lisa Tuten for a preschool/day care facility in a property that had earlier been listed for demolition. They are also working with Roy Milliron for a special exemption for a church on Priest Street in the former insurance building just north of the Woman’s Club building.
He also reported that work has begun on revamping the boiler system at North Florida Community College. Boilers in existing buildings (except for the Student Center) will be placed in a newly-constructed boiler room. The cost for the work is set at $526,000.
Hitchcock reported that he is awaiting the final plans from the CRA for the new hospital. Zoning for the hospital has been approved.
In other reports, Police Chief Gary Calhoun stated that the arrest of a man who crashed a stolen vehicle cleared several crimes including residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries, and another stolen vehicle. He said that stolen property has been recovered.
Fire Chief Alfred Martin reported that he is presently seeking a firefighter to replace William Howard, who recently resigned. He also said that the department is presently testing all hoses.
The commissioners reviewed employee holidays for 2012. The list includes 12 holidays, starting with New Year’s Day on Monday, January 2, 2012.