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Courthouse dedication today; new locations for county offices next week

The newly renovated Stevens County Courthouse will be dedicated this afternoon, and the public will need to note location changes for services beginning later this month.

The courthouse will be dedicated beginning with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. The public can take tours of the building after the dedication until 7 p.m.

County office location and date changes from temporary offices at the City Center Mall to the new courthouse:

• The offices of the Recorders and the Auditor-Treasurer will continue to provide services in the City Center Mall location on Monday, Dec. 20.

• The offices of the Assessor, Environmental Services & Planning and Zoning, HRA, VSO, Human Resources, IT and Extension may be closed or provide only limited services in the City Center Mall location on Monday, Dec. 20.

All of the above offices will begin providing services in their offices in the newly renovated Stevens County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Information about the new courthouse:

The courthouse and Law Enforcement Center is a 44,000 square foot facility with 23,000 square feet of new and 21,000 square feet of renovated area.

The construction cost of the facility is approximately $7.2 million. The total project cost from start to finish will be approximately $11 million. The project has been financed by the Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority issuance of Public Project Revenue Bonds in the amount of $7,685,000, a Federal Grant in the amount of $250,000, and a portion of the county's reserve funds for the balance of the project costs.

The facility serves multiple functions:

• The existing ground floor was remodeled to provide space for Human Services, Veteran's Services, HRA, and Extension.

• Expansion on the ground floor provides Law Enforcement Center space, County Maintenance and IT offices, and new elevator and stair access to the Law Enforcement lobby.

• Courts and Courts Administration remain on the existing first floor along with a remodeled County Board room, public lobby, and offices for the Assessor, Auditor-Treasurer, Recorder, Environmental Services, and Human Resources.

• Within the expanded portion of the first floor is the Law Enforcement Center with dispatch and office spaces for both the county Sheriff's Office and the City of Morris Police Department. Also included is a fully equipped Emergency Operations Center and many courts security improvements.