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Courthouse Expansion Moving Forward

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

A relatively snowfree January has allowed workers to pick up some lost ground on the $1.5 million expansion and renovation of the Mills County Courthouse.

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Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said Friday work had fallen about two weeks behind, but the absence of snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures last week helped get the project back on track.

Robertson said plans are for the Mills County Communications Center portion of the project, in the basement level of the building, to be completed in June with the entire renovation finished by next  winter.

The project includes a new entrance on the east side of the building with a vestibule and “sally port” access garage for the secure transfer of inmates to and from the Mills County Jail. An elevator will help make the courthouse compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and remodeling will bring customer-friendly changes to the county treasurer’s office and driver’s license station.

The existing entrance on the north side of the courthouse will be permanently closed in February, Robertson said.