It’s been a process taking more than a year to complete, but Ellis County Commission Chairman Dean Haselhorst was happy to announce Monday night that the renovation of the county courthouse and Law Enforcement Center is nearing an end.
Despite changing the location of the commission meeting from the courthouse to the Administrative Building on Monday, Haselhorst said most of the courthouse is complete. After being open a day, Ellis County offices closed today due to weather. The scheduled ribbon-cutting and tours of the courthouse for Monday was postponed because of the potential of snow.
The event has been moved to Feb. 27 and will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours will be given in the both the courthouse and LEC.
“It was probably a good deal to cancel,” Haselhorst said. “I know we didn’t want to, but if we would have had conditions that (were predicted). We didn’t want anybody on the highways either.”
Haselhorst said approximately 90 percent of the LEC is complete, and most of the work that needs to be done is on the jail floor. There will be an above-ceiling inspection this week, and once it is completed, the rest of the tiles will go in.
The commissioners voted 2-0 to accept a bid of $38,972 by Treadwell LLC from Overland Park to finish the jail floor. The company will start on the floor project Feb. 8 and will take about a week to complete.
“Really, everything is complete,” Haselhorst said of the courthouse. “Court services is done. County attorney’s office is 99.9 percent done. Things look good. It will be exciting on the 27th to have the open house for everybody to come and see it.”
Commissioner Barbara Wasinger was not in attendance at the meeting.
Commissioners also voted 2-0 to give Interim Public Works Director Curt Hoffman permission to hire three truck drivers and the discretion to hire either a fourth driver or an equipment operator for his department.