Moffat County Commission awards bid for exterior courthouse improvements

In other action ...

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

• Heard from Bill Sixkiller, who reported he has not received any bids for the design and construction of an irrigation system at Craig Cemetery.

• Heard from Robert Essex on EMS service for the Artesia Fire District.

• Approved, 3-0, a special events liquor permit for the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Loudy-Simpson Park.

• Approved, 3-0, a surface use agreement with Gulfport Energy for Moffat County Well 11-11.

• Conducted an executive session with county attorney Jeremy Snow to receive legal advice regarding the Told/The Memorial Hospital/county commission lawsuit.

The Moffat County Commission at its regular Tuesday meeting awarded, 3-0, a $47,300 bid to APH Construction to remodel the north exterior wall of the Moffat County Courthouse.

The decision to remodel the rear of the courthouse has been on the table since the county jail was removed last spring.

“If you look at the back of the courthouse, you’ll see a gravel pit where the jail used to be,” Moffat County Planner Jerry Hoberg said. “We’re going to pressure wash everything, repair all of the cracks and overlay the entire thing with new stucco.”

In addition, the project calls for the removal of white-painted plywood around the entire roof, which will also be replaced by stucco.

APH, a Craig-based company, was the sole bidder. A second company vied for the project, but did not meet the planning and zoning department’s deadline and was disqualified.

The commission is scheduled to host a special meeting at 1 p.m. today at the courthouse to sign a contract with APH.

APH’s bid includes an addendum for the construction of a “mudroom” at the east entrance to the courthouse.

Currently, that entrance is used by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to escort prisoners from jail on West First Street to court hearings.

The mudroom, which would cost an additional $10,000 to $15,000, would be similar to the one built at the rear of Craig City Hall.

Hoberg said the advantage of building a mudroom would be to prevent water, snow and ice from collecting on the east entrance’s exterior stairwell.

“I think the enclosure would be nice,” Hoberg said. “I think the sheriff’s department would appreciate it.”

Commissioner Audrey Danner said the mudroom would need to complement the courthouse’s current appearance.

“We want it to look appropriate,” Danner said. “This is an old, historic courthouse and we need to blend it in so it looks decent.”

It has not been determined when construction on the north wall will begin. However, the project will more than likely be finished by the end of the summer, either before or immediately following a courthouse parking lot repaving project.

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