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Courthouse project gets OK from HC Commissioners

Courthouse project gets OK from HC Commissioners Courthouse project gets OK from HC Commissioners

The cost is now known for the second Harrison County building renovation project. The county courthouse in downtown Corydon will go through a major overhaul in 2020, with a price tag not to exceed $2.4 million.

The courthouse project is one of three projects the county tabbed for upgrades earlier in 2019. Shireman Construction and Primavera & Associates were tasked with designing the work that would need to be done.

At the courthouse, the biggest piece of the project is installing an outdoor humidity control system. The courthouse has a HVAC system that works poorly, mostly due to its age, and the humidity has not been controlled for quite some time.

Work also will include installing video cameras and a security system, replacing any original plumbing that remains and installing LED lights and drop ceilings.

In 2018, the Harrison County Court House had at least two security issues with residents. At the time, Commissioner Charlie Crawford said the video quality was so poor it wouldn’t hold up as evidence in a courtroom.

Earlier this month, the commissioners received four bids to do the majority of the work. The two firms designing the plans estimated bids to come in at roughly $2 million. The lowest bid provided was $1,855,200.

The overall cost is $2,366,027.01. Technology upgrades total $87,805.43, with a $10,000 technology consultant fee. Primavera & Associates construction phase will cost $100,052.46. The construction management fee is $215,318.85, and there is an additional $97,650.27 on reserve for any contingencies.

During the Harrison County Board of Commissioners final regularly scheduled meeting of 2019, on Monday night, the commissioners approved the cost of the project advance to the Harrison County Council to fund the work.

This is the second project that has gotten approval by the commissioners. The work at the Harrison County Health and Education building was approved and funded in the past several weeks.

At Monday night’s meeting, the commissioners approved signing the contract so work could begin.

Design work is still underway to add more office space to the Harrison County Justice Center at the western edge of Corydon.

The Harrison County Council will begin discussions on the courthouse project at its final 2019 meeting, scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon.

In other county business to finish the year, the commissioners began a discussion with the Harrison County Purdue Extension office regarding forming a weeds board to address growing concerns for invasive plants.

The commissioners are scheduled to meet for the first time in 2020 on Monday, Jan. 6, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Government Center.