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GARNER | Hancock County is moving forward with safety upgrades to the attorney’s office.

On Monday, Oct. 29, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $6,000 safety window and desk remodel project for the county attorney’s office during its meeting.

“The contractor can start whenever,” said Supervisor Sis Greiman, who noted the project had been discussed with the county’s two previous attorneys.

The project, which was presented to the board in September by County Attorney Blake Norman, includes the installation of bullet-resistant glass and reconfiguration of the office to limit access, by Larkin Radon & Construction LLC, to make it “a more secure area.”

Norman’s presentation came after Andy Buffington, Hancock County Communications, Zoning and E911 director, presented safety committee recommendations, including improvements to the attorney’s office, to the board more than a month after the county conducted an active-shooter drill.

The county has made several safety improvements to the courthouse in recent years, and more are likely to come.

In 2017, the courthouse’s eight exterior doors were updated with electronic-locking systems, and earlier this year, the supervisors approved the installation of an electronic door-locking system for the interior doors.

Also during the supervisors’ meeting, Adam Clemons, Hancock County engineer, updated the county board on the R35 reconstruction project between Britt and Kanawha.

He said Flynn Company Inc. has started concrete work on the 9.7-mile stretch of roadway.

“They have paved passed the curves as of Monday,” Greiman said. “They’re hoping to continue as are we, weather permitting.”

The $5.4 million project, reconstructing County Road R35 from south of 220th Street to north of Kanawha began in June and was scheduled to be completed in mid-October, but due to numerous rain events this spring and summer, the completion date has been delayed. It's new completion date is Nov. 21.

Shaun Hackman, assistant county engineer, said it’d take the contractor 12 to 13 days with no rain interruption to complete the project last month.

Until the roadway is completed, the Hancock County Secondary Roads Department recommends motorists use the designated detour.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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