Grand County will renovate its offices this year after all |

Grand County will renovate its offices this year after all

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News
ALL | Sky-Hi Daily News

It appears as though a new judicial building is not the only construction project in the county’s near future.

After adopting the final 2008 budget and upon further review, Grand County commissioners have opted to proceed with the renovation of the county’s administration building, which houses county offices, judicial offices and courtrooms.

Commissioner Nancy Stuart announced the news Tuesday.

Preliminary value engineering indicates the project is feasible to start in 2008, said County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.

The original outlook for Grand County’s financial status ” after a $4 million unforeseen landfill slough ” caused the county to pause on the project while formulating this year’s budget.

So, the renovation project was put on the back burner.

But after further scrutiny of the adopted budget, Curran said, the county has decided the $2 million still available from the original lease purchase to build both the judicial building and to renovate the administration building ought be utilized.

The $2 million, however, may not cover the total cost of the renovations; contracts for additional work from the architect and builder have not yet been finalized.

Even while the county makes payments on landfill improvements, Underbrink Curran said, “Taking additional money will be handled within our budget.”

The project will serve to put a third story on the existing building to help spread out administrative offices.

The county’s building department and Social Services offices, presently housed in separate neighboring buildings, will move back to share the same roof with other county services.

County courts will move into the new building next door.

Fourteen departments, not including the court system, conduct business in the two-story building ” plus-basement ” built in 1932.

But through the years, the growth of the county has put higher demands on services.

Employees try to appeal to Curran for the best picks in office space; otherwise, they could end up in a glorified closet.

Curran singled out the clerk and recorder’s office for especially being crowded ” borderline “claustrophobic,” as described by County Clerk Sara Rosene.

Eight full-time employees, their desks, 11 computers and five printers are strategically organized in a 400-square-foot space of the most-visited department in the county.

“We actually have people who run into each other when they push away from their desk,” Rosene said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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