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County seeks decision on staircase





What to do with the staircase is an issue that still needs to be resolved as Ellis County moves forward with the renovation project at 718 Main.

Representatives from Paul-Wertenberger Construction and RDH Electric met with the architect and county officials at a pre-construction meeting Monday afternoon in the lobby of the future administrative center, the former Commerce Bank building.

A staircase in the middle of the lobby leads to the second floor and down to the basement. County commissioners still need to decide how to proceed, but can't until they get a cost estimate on all of the available options.

Matt Allen, project manager for Paul-Wertenberger, said a decision in approximately a month would "be sufficient."

"We need to discuss this real quick as to what the best method for dealing with the staircase is," Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund said.

This week, equipment will be brought to the site and set up, with demolition expected to begin Monday. That part of the project is expected to last 40 days.

"Feels good that it's finally here," Sund said. "It's been a long process."

The renovation, at a cost not to exceed $709,000, is expected to be completed by Nov. 26.