Officials to make grant pitch for courthouse today |

Officials to make grant pitch for courthouse today

Paul Shockley

Moffat County officials will make their pitch today to a state grant committee for help in funding more than $100,000 in upgrades to the Moffat County Courthouse.

Debra Murray, the county’s administrative services director, was scheduled Friday to present the county’s $51,677.50 funding request in Silverton before representatives of the Department of Local Affairs Impact Assistance program.

If approved, Moffat County has proposed to match that total; covering the entire cost of the $103,555 project, according to the grant. Best case scenarios have work beginning in January and wrapping up in December 2003.

County officials have said they expect to hear from the state by December.

It’s the only state grant request by Moffat County in the current fiscal cycle, said Tinneal Gerber, author of the grant.

“We had to prioritize and better utilize the space we have,” Gerber said.

Gerber pointed to the at-times cramped county commissioners’ room and bringing key departments now on separate floors closer together – as the primary reasons behind the grant.

Interest in commissioners’ meetings can exceed the room’s capacity these days, she said. The room covers 735 square feet. Proposed upgrades would expand it to about 2,091 square feet, with capacity for roughly 150 people, including offices for each commissioner, a secretary, storage space for file cabinets and a reception area.

“It only holds about 27 people,” Gerber said of today’s commissioners’ room. “That’s a big need there.”

The accounting department, now on the facility’s main level, also needs to be closer to the human resource and administration departments, which are currently in the basement.

In working closer, the departments will fill space vacated by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department, which moved to the county’s new public safety center just over a year ago.

The Moffat County Courthouse was built in 1917.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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