Facility to get more parking

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Ever since the Newton County Administration Building opened in 2007, residents have complained about the lack of accessible handicap parking.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners recently addressed those complaints by approving the resurfacing of a lot to the rear of the building for handicap parking, as well as installation of a wheelchair ramp and push buttons at entrances for a total cost of $35,328. There is no money in the current budget for the improvements, so they will be paid for out of the contingency fund, said Chairman Kathy Morgan.

"This is a building almost everyone in our county needs to have access to,"

Morgan said. Offices housed in the building include the Board of Elections, Tax Commissioner and Tax Assessors offices and Department of Development Services.

The county's Public Works Department will handle the resurfacing and striping of the parking lot and SteelCo Building Inc. has been awarded the contract for the wheelchair ramp and push buttons.

The project should take 30 days to complete, but given recent weather conditions, Morgan projected it could take up to 90 days.