Helmsburg For Bare Feet Shop Still Costing Brown County

Though the company is now in Martinsville, its former factory is still draining the Brown County budget.

The former For Bare Feet facility in Brown County is sitting vacant but is still costing the county money.

The facility in Brown County remains empty since the business burned down in the fall. Brown County Commissioner John Kennard says since the beginning of the year, the county has spent more than $15-thousand-dollars on the building.

“That’s more than I’d like it to be,” Kennard says. “Obviously the goal would be nothing and having a tenant there already that’s at least paying that part so it’s nothing and I think that’s the issue.”

Brown County Government Administrator Michael Thompson says the county’s annual budget is just 7-million-dollars, so each dollar matters.

“Number one biggest expense is insurance,” he says. “If you annualize insurance on that building mainly because it’s empty and nothing really happening there other than some of our maintenance employees.”

Officials are looking into several options for the building.  Kennard says a Brown County resident has come forward with a proposal. The owner is a machinist with a startup company that employs four people. Kennard says the county will make a decision in September. The building does however need a number of upgrades including updating the water supply and rewiring for Internet.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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