There is still plenty of work to be done, but the end is not far off for the completion of the Ellis County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center.

Ellis County Commission Chairman Dean Haselhorst announced at Monday’s Public Building Commission progress meeting that the first day of move in to the courthouse was to have started this morning. Haselhorst and Mike Wilson, of MW Builders, also gave updates on bids for the flooring in the LEC.

“We’re cleaning and scrubbing floors right now, and we’re going to have to go back there tonight for miscellaneous things taking place,” Wilson said of the work at the courthouse being done before the morning.

“From there, we’re moving over to the LEC for some of the change order work. They started working on that at the end of last week for the new cameras and stuff like that.”

Bids for the floor of the LEC came from Epoxy Coating Specialist of Wichita and one from MW Builders.

The bid from MW Builder was the lowest with the reductions that were made in the bid to $36,000.

Despite the LEC floor work in particular that still needs to be done, the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the two buildings will take place Feb. 1. Walk-throughs for the public will be from noon to 8 p.m.

“We would like to potentially be in a week or two … be operating out of the courthouse,” Haselhorst said.

Ellis County District Court will be back in operation at the courthouse Feb. 2, and the first jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4.