The county commission Monday night selected J. Mark Rodgers Architect of Cookeville as a third party consultant on the renovation of the 61,000 square foot shopping center building.
According to terms of the deal, Rodgers will receive a one percent consultation service fee, which is to be included as an allowance with each potential bidder. However, this fee will be paid directly from the county to Rodgers to assure an arms-length relationship with the successful team builder.
County Mayor Mike Foster said by providing third party consultation, the county will be given an objective evaluation and progress of the work.
Foster says bids could be advertised as early as next week for the renovation of the shopping center complex, half of which will be for county administration and half for recreation.