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Commission doubles budget for drive-thru construction
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Warren County commissioners are willing to pay the cost of convenience. 

During Monday night’s monthly session of the Warren County Commission, officials doubled the budget from $40,000 to $80,000 for installation of a drive-thru at Warren County Administrative Offices for the office of County Trustee. 

Commissioner Scott Rubley presented the measure.

“After doing some engineering and some tree removal, we’ve spent about $10,000,” said Rubley. “We were thinking we might could do some dirt work and excavation in house. After looking into it, it will be a bit more extensive than we thought. This additional $40,000 should cover the remainder of the project and additions.” 

The project’s original estimate was $40,000. However, that number was set prior to receiving any bids on the various stages of the project: 

1) Tree removal and engineering cost $10,050 

2) A bid on groundwork and site preparation was $41,842 

3) Three bids for the tube system were $11,535, $12,500 and $24,572.

Depending on which tube system is approved, the project’s cost current ranges from $63,427 to $76,464. 

Warren County commissioners approved 23-0 an additional $40,000 for the drive-thru installation, increasing the budget to $80,000. Commissioner David Dunlap was absent.