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Last updated: March 13. 2014 11:20AM - 691 Views
Karen Kissiah kkissiah@civitasmedia.com



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Chesterfield County Council’s decision last year to devote nearly $7 million to a building plan is starting to be realized.


Council members voted 6 to 3 last week to approve a plan to begin construction of a new building for the Department of Social Services (DSS).


Council approved a bid of $2,248,000 to construct a facility at the Chesterfield Commerce Park off Highway 9 in Chesterfield, although council members Al Johnson, Eddie Rivers and Gerald Miller did not agree.


Council also approved a $153,000 addition to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. That structure will be built at the old Armory that was recently renovated, bringing all of the branches of the sheriff’s office to one property. The current sheriff’s office is housed in the old Health Department building, across Highway 9 from the Armory.


Councilman Al Johnson said he could not approve a plan that connected to a 75-year-old structure.


Councilman Douglas Curtis abstained from voting on the sheriff’s addition, but made it clear he did not like the idea.


“Where are people going to park?” he asked.


The Chesterfield County Voter’s Registration and Elections Office, also part of the long term building plan, has officially moved to their new location across from the Chesterfield County Courthouse. The purchase of the old Western Auto building last year made that move possible.


— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.


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