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ADA compliance will cost county over $250K
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It will cost $259,500 to update Warren County government buildings to bring them into compliance with ADA regulations.
The county Financial Management Committee approved a bid from FTM Contracting of Cookeville to perform the work required to bring all public buildings into compliance.
Local governments across the state have until December 2019 to bring all public buildings into compliance. If not, the Tennessee Department of Transportation can withhold gasoline tax given to those governments. The state tied the two together to force ADA compliance.
The bulk of the work and the largest financial cost will be at Warren County Administrative Offices. By the work description, the entrances need major changes with the removal of the existing concrete landings, concrete ramps and existing guardrails, installation of new concrete landings, and installation of front and rear power access ADA push-button access doors. The restrooms also need renovation. 
Upland Design Group was asked to give estimates on upgrades needed. It was projected work to the Administrative Building alone would cost $66,000.
The county placed $250,000 into its budget for fiscal year 2017-18 for the work.
The remaining county buildings and estimates given by Upland:
• Airport $11,300
• Animal Control $6,570
• Courthouse $27,000
• EMS billing office $9,000
• Health Department $17,500
• Highway Department $8,200
• Sheriff’s Department $5,700
• Temporary Morgue $6,000
Upland included a 25 percent contingency of $39,318 and a 15 percent overhead profit of $29,488 for a probable construction cost of $226,076. Fees and constructions documentation added an additional $22,000 for the estimate of $248,076.
At this time, no date was given for renovations to begin.