Madison County supervisors are looking into the purchase of the old Fred’s building at 229 N. Union St. following the recent closure of the store. 

District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin asked County Administrator to look into purchasing the building in order to potentially house the District Attorney’s Office, Citizens Services Agency, and other possible operations. 

Vance said the Fred’s building is for sale at $500,000. 

The county recently appraised an old pawn shop in Canton, that was nearly half the square footage of the Fred’s building, but came in almost $250,000 more expensive. 

Vance told supervisors that the Fred’s building, which is approximately 23,000 square feet, would fit both the DA’s office and Citizens Service Agency with a couple thousand square feet to spare. 

Supervisors requested more information and no action was taken. 

In other county news:

• Supervisors paid $103,273 to county fire districts. 

• Supervisors reimbursed Madison the City $79,865 for overlay work on Oak Ridge Circle.

• Supervisors approved a change order on the rehabbing of Weisenberger Road that came in  $114,878.25 under budget.

• Supervisors directed right-of-way specialist Jim Turner, County Road Manager Cornelius Bacon and County Engineer Tim Bryant to work with the city of Canton public works manager for an easement in order to clean out Christo Creek in the area between King Ranch Road and the Canton city limits.

• Supervisors approved a payment of $140,700 to the Albert White Trust to purchase right-of-way for the Phase III of the Reunion Parkway Road project.

• Supervisors authorized the board president to sign off on changing the medical services contract at the county jail to Vital Core, which bought out the previous healthcare provider.