At a Town Hall last Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners revealed conceptual drawings of its forthcoming two-story administrative building, which will include a relocated Oconee County Library on the first floor.

The building will be at the junction of North Main Street and Macon Highway across from Fire Station 1.

A specific timeline has not been determined, but it’s projected to be built sometime in the first half of this decade. Oconee County plans to move all non-judicial government functions out of the Oconee County Courthouse so that judiciary functions are given more space inside the Courthouse. County departments inside the Government Annex building on Greensboro Highway would also move to the new administrative building.

BOC Chairman John Daniell believes moving the Oconee County Library to the ground level of the new building will be a good use of taxpayer dollars and solve the current deficit of parking spaces at its existing location.

The BOC purchased the 7.63-acre tract in the summer of 2019 for a price of $650,000. The land is outside the city limits of Watkinsville but is only 1.1 miles from the Oconee County Courthouse.

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