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Walter Marshall building naming set for March

Walter Marshall building naming set for March
February 08
05:00 2018

Forsyth County commissioners tentatively set March 8 as the date for the ceremony to rename the Social Services building for the late Commissioner Walter Marshall.

The date was set during the commissioners’ meetings on Feb.1. Marshall was a county commissioner, former school board member and former local NAACP president who also was a longtime member of the Social Services board. He passed away last year on Feb. 22.

The dedication will involve lettering being added to the building as well as a plaque. There was some discussion on having the ceremony on Feb. 22, but ultimately commissioners decided to go with a later date to ensure the lettering on the building would definitely be fully installed before the ceremony.

“My preference is to make sure the lettering is finished before we make the dedication,” said Commissioner Fleming El-Amin, who was appointed to fill Marshall’s seat.

No time has been set for the ceremony yet.

Also during last week’s meeting:

*The vote to hire law firms for the county’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors was tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 15 as commissioners waited for information from a meeting between county attorneys from across the state where opioid lawsuits were discussed.

*Commissioners voted to select Frank L. Blum Construction Co. for Construction Manager at Risk for preconstruction work on the new Kaleideum Children’s Museum at the site of the former Sheriff’s Office. For a proposed fee of $31,060, Blum will evaluate the site and estimate construction costs. Blum will seek preliminary bids and submit a Guaranteed Maximum Price, which the county may accept, for the company to complete the construction of the museum.

*Commissioners accepted a final offer of $2,600 for an 0.43 acre lot on Glenn Avenue from Stephen Oldham, representing Valkyrie Specter LLC, who intends to use it for small business development. There were no upset bids on the property, which has a tax value of $15,900. The land, which was acquired through property tax foreclosure, was declared surplus property and costs $1,900 a year to maintain.

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