By SCOTT PESZNECKER
Calaveras County Television is getting closer to having a new office.
Markham Construction of Mountain Ranch offered the low bid of $18,500 bid to convert part of the Paul Moeller Studio in San Andreas into office space. One other bid came in at almost twice that amount.
Once finished, the new office will have its own entry and restroom and will be separated from the rest of the studio.
Calaveras County supervisors could approve a contract with Markham at Mondays Board of Supervisors meeting at 7 p.m. at the San Andreas government center.
Calaveras Community Television (CCTV) managed the studio until it closed in June, when the county revoked its funding.
The studio re-opened its doors early in January under new management the county with filmmaker Ed Lark as interim manager.
In the meantime, CCTV has been sharing office space inside the Paul Moeller Studio. CCTV member Mary Matzek said it will be a relief to finally have a new office.
Weve really tried to minimize our need for the office since Ed Lark has taken over, Matzek said. Hes been very helpful and cooperative.
A shed on the west side of the studio will be converted to create the new office.
Part of the roof, walls and floor will remain, but most of the walls will be rebuilt and concrete will be poured for the restroom floor.
The new office will be 280 square feet, including the restroom, said Ray Waller of the Calaveras County Building Department.
The contract allows 90 days to complete the project. Weather permitting, Waller said it could be finished in 60.
Supervisors could also approve a land exchange between the Public Works Department and the Murphys Sanitary District.
Each piece of property is about 1.3 acres in size. The countys existing parcel is alongside Six Mile Road, about one-half mile south of Murphys. The land surrounding the parcel belongs to the sanitary district.
The county uses its parcel there to store materials for maintaining local roads.
The district must expand its treatment facility to meet requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. District officials could not be reached Thursday afternoon.