Thursday, September 24, 2009
Remodeling close to finished
By SUE WATSON
The county administrator’s office at the courthouse is being remodeled this summer and will soon be ready to move into.
Personnel have been temporarily working out of the county’s recently purchased Buford building across from the courthouse.
County employee Bill Kivelle, who has supervised the work at the courthouse, recapped some of the improvements made during this remodeling.
The floors have been stripped and deteriorated wood replaced and nails that had been driven through the old pine flooring were counter sunk, he said. The floor will be sanded and finished.
The wall plaster was repaired and the walls are getting a fresh coat of paint. The windows were stripped of old paint and the trim has been brought back to the original finish.
The communications system has been brought up to date with installation of CAT 6 cable for internet and telephone and the county network.
The number of power outlets were increased so each work station will have two floor outlets, making power supply plentiful to each office. The wiring for the offices was entirely replaced.
Exterior window work was included in the job and anything outside that was seen that needed repairing while workers were up on the lift was repaired.
Kivelle said the bathrooms in the courthouse were remodeled about 10 years ago and he was the contractor who installed the elevator. While on that job, he also made the courtroom accessible for nonambulatory customers.
Later, the exterior of the courthouse was cleaned and restored and ramps were installed to make the courthouse accessible.
Later and within the last four years, the offices of the chancery clerk were remodeled and refurnished.
Kivelle said the county administrator’s office once served as the sheriff’s office and the front office was the tax collector’s office.
He said the board of supervisors has shown great care toward the courthouse and other facilities and is genuinely interested in preserving the heritage and history of the county facilities.
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