The Shelby County Commissioners approved five change orders to the Annex II building Monday morning.

The commissioners approved each of the following orders individually:

$7,449 for plumbing work

$1,326 for elevating the east window

$577 to increase the size of Door 117

$13,787 to upsize the generator

$7,230 to add two additional sinks to rooms 223 and 224

“We decided to upgrade the transfer switch to allow for a larger generator,” Commissioner Kevin Nigh said.

Commissioner Don Parker added that a previous, smaller generator already purchased for the Annex II Building will be used at the Shelby County Professional Center.

The original winning bid, by Gilliatte General Contractors, was $3,039,000. After ten total change orders, the total project cost is up to $3,334,225.

In addition to the change orders, the Commissioners heard from Rob Nolley, who handled some electronics within the new building.

“This is for complete wiring, data tabling and adding door access controls, and wireless access and fiber connection to our existing networks,” Nolley said. “Big project.”

The commissioners approved this new electronics project for $43,698.30.

This building will house the probation office. The construction is expected to be completed in June. Nigh said the only delays they’re experiencing are related to getting the elevator.

In other business, the commissioners held a public hearing for Robert Dewhurst’s petition to vacate a dead end alley.

Dewhurst first came before the commissioners two weeks ago requesting to vacate the alley on the south end of Central Street in Waldron between him and his neighbor.

He is doing this because he wants to line his driveway with trees, but the alley actually interferes with his driveway and prevents him from doing that.

Dewhurst’s neighbor came to the meeting too, in agreement with the request. He notified all his other neighbors too, but no one seemed to have a problem with the request – no one else showed up to the public hearing.

Lastly, the commissioners heard from Plan Director Desiree Calderella.

She first requested the county contract out commercial building inspections to a company called Banning Engineering.

“Our current inspector ... doesn’t have a whole lot of training or experience in commercial inspections, and now that we have three big commercial projects up in Pleasant View, I propose we just get those contracted out,” Calderella said.

Commissioner Chris Ross said he thought this was a good move.

Auditor Amy Glackman asked how the county was going to pay for it. Calderella responded that they would start paying Banning Engineering from the Part-Time Inspection Fund.

“When Five Below comes through, that permit fee is going to be over $60,000, so we should have enough to (pay), or at least start out with it,” Calderella said.

Joe Miller from Banning Engineering introduced his company to the commissioners.

“We appreciate the opportunity,” Miller said. “I know one of our other clients in Pendleton, we did something very similar. They had an issue where they were changing staff and they had developments coming in, where they weren’t necessarily staffed up enough to take that on.”

He and other Banning Engineering contractors will work with the county on an “as needed” basis.