Cleaning out the attic

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Workers begin process of renovating sheriff’s office

By The Staff

Cleanup has begun on the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.

On  Aug. 3, the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to keep the sheriff’s office at its current location. Since then, the company chosen to do the cleanup – Goderwis Construction Inc. – has started making headway.

Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the cleanup started Aug. 5 with the removal of old documents that took up a large amount of space on the second floor.

“The state had to be contacted to see what all documents could be destroyed, and the majority of them were destroyed because they were so old,” Keith said.

Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the cleaning of the bird droppings and other debris begins today.

“Everything has been cleaned up material wise,” Hammond said. “They’re going to be working over the weekend and should be done with it in three or four days.”

Keith said Goderwis Construction Inc. included the cost of repairs in their bid and will be securing all openings where birds were suspected to be coming into the sheriff’s office, including chimney openings and the hole on the northeastern corner of the office.

Hammond said Ron Ellis will be installing a counter; and once the counter is installed, the new equipment will be brought in.

“We already have everything on order,” Hammond said. “All of the computers, scanners and credit-card machines we can start bringing in as soon as we get the new counter.”

Hammond said once the cleanup is completed, the building will be tested once more to insure the health and safety of employees at the sheriff’s office.