Most people know Feb. 29 as the day that comes once every four years in leap year, but in
At the long awaited open house ceremony on Friday for
"He got done what needed to get done," said former Oxford Mayor Don Ballard, on whose watch the project began.
Ballard described the old facility as a "hog pen." There was a small shed for the workers and the equipment was left out to weather the rain and the elements.
Turner began drawing up designs in 2004 for a new facility on his home computer, which "blew its mind out," he said. Halfway through the process, he got together with designers from Sunbelt Builders and they combined the best of their ideas to present to the town.
A contractor told Roseberry, who had headed the Citizen's Committee, that the hours that Turner devoted to the project, in designing and seeing the project through, was worth tens of thousands of dollars. Turner did all of it for free.
At the ceremony, Turner thanked family members and other key players, including Ballard, Roseberry, council member Virgil Eady, Brenda Sweat, Charles Green of the Dekalb Maintenance Department, Jonathan and David Eady, and Sunbelt Builders.
He had worked on the design but left the politics to Ballard, he said with a laugh.
There was opposition to the project along the way, but, said Ballard, the proponents of the project didn't pay it much attention and went on ahead.
"If they can't appreciate it, something's wrong with them," said Ballard.
An audience of about 20 people came out on Friday to marvel the $1.2 million dollar facility that houses all the equipment and supplies along with offices for the staff.
Assistant Supervisor Scottie Croy pointed out the building will help the department's 10 trucks, which cost about $100,000 each, three pickup trucks and two tractors, and other equipment and last much longer.