County could tap courthouse money for DA's remodeling

A state grant awarded last fall to Moffat County for remodeling at the courthouse could find uses this year not specified in the county's original grant application.

The district attorney has approached county commissioners about a revamp of prosecutors' top-floor location at the courthouse -- a project with early cost estimates between $35,000 and $45,000, which would add two new offices to the existing space covering about 1,300 square feet.

A still-unknown portion of those costs might be covered by the $51,677 grant awarded in October. Commissioners have pledged to match that money.

"We haven't agreed to anything yet, but we're probably going to put some grant dollars for that (DA's remodel)," Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

Moffat County's Impact Assistance Program Application submitted last year outlined two specific projects for the grant money -- projects that officials now say won't happen this year.

Commissioners' offices and meeting rooms were to be expanded and relocated to the basement level, while the accounting department -- now located on the main floor -- was to join the human resources and administration departments.

Tim Sarmo, regional manager with the Department of Local Affairs, said "substantial" deviations from the original application could require approval from higher-ups with the state.

"I don't know what they have in mind," Sarmo said. "I'll wait and see what their proposal is."

The county has yet to sign a contract for receipt of the grant,

which would specify a project

and a timetable for completion, he said.

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said remodeling would include at least two new offices -- one for a deputy district attorney stepping into her former position and another

for a new victim's witness coordinator.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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