The Cherokee County Commission is continuing to work on exploring options regarding the current condition of the Cherokee County Courthouse. During their regular meeting on Monday afternoon, Commissioner’s met with representatives with Volkert, Inc. who presented a detailed facility assessment of the current courthouse.
The commission is charged with now determining the feasibility of renovating the facility versus building a completely new one.
The assessment included a review of all administrative and ancillary spaces, observations of the building envelope, including: roofing, flashing, windows, doors and wall systems. That assessment also included observations of accessibility, life safety systems, security systems, electrical systems, mechanical systems and general finishes.
The hard cost for a completely new courthouse facility would be $5.6 million, the cost to renovate the current facility and re-purpose it would be $2.2 million, a soft cost to combine both projects would be $2.8 million because the two projects would essentially be combined into one, to build a new courthouse and refurbish the current facility would total $11.6 million.
Commission Chairman Tim Burgess said that at this time this is nothing more than the ‘planning and discussion stages’ for this project.
In other business, Parks and Recreation Board Chairman Leann Hill addressed the commission to give an update on the current state of the parks across the county, Laurie Clemons provided an update on the growth of the Extended Family For Kids program and Cherokee County Engineer Corey Chambers presents his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Chairman Burgess announced that there would two upcoming appointments made; one to the Cherokee County Public Library Board and one to the Northeast Mountain Lakes Tourist Association.
The commission also approved an excess land redemption and approved to declare an aluminum military boat from the sheriff’s office to be sold at public auction.