two buildings that remain from the old Mineral Springs School
campus are destined to become our town hall and a future community center. I worked hard
to convince Raley-Miller properties and Harris-Teeter to sell
us these buildings, along with a total of 2.45 acres of land
for future expansion of our municipal campus.
|We have completed work on the first of the two
buildings, the 2500 square foot 1960's-era former library
building (shown "pre-renovation" on the right) located on Potter Road a block from Highway 75. This
building was in excellent structural condition, and was a
bargain for taxpayers at a purchase price of $100,000
including 1.05 acres of land. Construction of your new town
hall began on October 20, 2008, and was completed in early May
2009. Pease Associates of Charlotte was responsible for design
work, and Book Construction of Union County was the general
contractor. Total construction cost, including the addition of
600 square feet, was approximately $482,000; architectural
work and preconstruction expenses amounted to approximately
||Utilizing funds saved for the purpose, the town purchased this fine
1930's-era solid rock former agriculture building adjoining
the library building in 2010. Built in the depression era with
federal funds, this historic structure was the third building
erected on the original Mineral Springs School campus.
My policy, and the policy of your town
council, is to acquire these properties without debt and
without the accompanying long-term payments. As a
result, this building and 1.4 acres of land were purchased for
$140,000 without borrowing and the town of Mineral Springs
|While the solid stone walls of the Agriculture
Building were in great condition, the roof was leaky and, in
fact, long-term leaks had rotted many roof rafters to the
point where serious structural damage was imminent.
Furthermore, the original windows, fascia, and other trim were
rotting and deteriorating.
In 2011, the town council hired Godfrey Construction of
Wingate to repair the roof structure, install a standing-seam
metal roof matching the town hall, replace rotted trim, repair
and reglaze the windows, including constructing several new
sashes to match the originals, and paint all trim. The
building is now structurally sound and completely weathertight.
Pictured at right is the finished product.
In the spring of 2016, our new
park will open next to the town hall. After the park is
completed, the town will be renovating the
interior of the Agriculture Building and creating a Community Center for the use of
Mineral Springs residents. Again, we are waiting to save
enough money to complete this renovation without debt.
I am proud that your town council and I completed
these projects to
provide the Town of Mineral Springs with such fine governmental
facilities on-time, on-budget, and without debt! Not only did
we save the taxpayers money, we also saved two pieces of Mineral
Springs history that might otherwise have been destroyed forever.