Courthouse Completion In August

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

The renovation and construction work taking place at the Mills County Courthouse is on schedule to be completed this summer.

Mills County Supervisor Richard Crouch and Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said the addition to the east side of the building and renovation work taking place within the existing structure is expected to be completed in August.

Included in the $1.5 million project is construction of a new entrance on the east side of the building with a vestibule and “sally port” access garage for the secure transfer of jail inmates. An elevator will bring the courthouse in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and remodeling will bring customer-friendly changes to the county treasurer’s office and driver’s license station. An enhanced Mills County Communications Center will remain in the lower level of the courthouse, but relocate to the new wing of the building by the end of June, freeing up additional office space for Mills County Emergency Management.

Renovations in the county treasurer’s office  will take place in July and early August. While the work is carried out, the treasurer’s office will set up shop in the board of supervisors’ meeting room on a temporary basis. The county supervisors will vacate their room during this time and conduct business from the Mills County Engineer’s  building.
As the courthouse project winds down, the county will begin its next major undertaking - construction of the Mills County Law Enforcement Center / Jail. Speaking at a “Super Board” meeting of county, city and Glenwood Community School District officials last week, Robertson said ground breaking for the new facility will take place this summer, possibly in July.

Last August, Mills County residents approved a $6.4 million bond issue for construction of the law enforcement center / jail. It will be built in an industrial area on the south side of Glenwood.