Grant sought to remodel courthouse
The Moffat County Courthouse may soon get a facelift.
The county sent off an energy impact grant on Wednesday to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in Grand Junction asking for $51,677.50 to help fund the proposed remodel of the courthouse.
The total cost of the project is $103,355.
According to information provided by the Moffat County Administration Department, the county is proposing to remodel
two areas of the courthouse to accommodate the growing population, to better use space and to help certain departments work together more closely.
One area is for a new county commissioner’s office and meeting room. The other area would move the accounting department closer to the human resource and administration departments, and also better use currently unused space.
The current commissioner’s area is 735 square feet and holds 21 people in the meeting room. The proposed remodel would increase that area to approximately 2,091 square feet.
This would include a 1,050-square-foot meeting room that would hold about 150 people, plus offices for each commissioner, a secretary, storage space for file cabinets and a reception area.
The second remodel would move the accounting department next to the human resource and administration departments, which would allow each of the departments to easily transfer data, and thus better use their time.
The move would also use space previously occupied by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department.
“The project came about once the Public Safety Center was built and the sheriff’s office was moved,” said Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson. “We commissioned a study of how to best utilize the space in the courthouse, and tried to figure out the best long-term goals for the courthouse.
“The commissioners meeting room has long been inadequate, and we wanted to get some office space for the commissioners so they would be able to better meet one-on-one with people. We are also trying to get better efficiency from accounting by putting everybody on the same level.”
The Colorado Center
for Community Development determined the estimate for the
Tinneal Gerber, the Moffat County administration’s grant technician, said the grant for the project would be reviewed by the state in October.
Gerber said a decision by on the status of the grant would be made by December.
If approved, the project would start in January 2003, and be completed in December 2003.
The Moffat County Courthouse was built in 1917.
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