Aging pipes and valves that could shut down water to the entire Columbia County Detention Center are prompting emergency repairs.
County commissioners, meeting in the Development Services Committee Tuesday, approved spending up to $150,000 in sales tax funds to replace the plumbing in the Appling facility.
The repairs were prompted after a maintenance request from Sheriff Clay Whittle discovered that the valve regulating water pressure to the facility had failed, said Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlachter.
“If he has a leak, we’ve have to shut the whole jail down,” Schlachter said.
Gold Mech Services and Kuhlke Construction and Associates will perform the repairs, he added. “This system will be fully upgraded when this is done.”
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Development Services Division Director Richard Harmon said single-family residential permit applications increased from 37 in December to 80 in January, an increase of three from January 2012.
Commissioners approved a request for an alcohol sales license for Speedy Mart, opening in the site of the defunct Been Dreamin’ store on Washington Road in Leah.
At the county’s Community and Emergency Services Committee meeting that followed, commissioners approved funding from hotel/motel tax for several upcoming fishing tournaments at Clarks Hill Lake, including the Kicks 99 Hooked on Country bass tournament on April 27 and the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit tournament Nov. 9.