Wednesday, April 16, 2014

County OKs bonds for sheriff move

By The Herald | 2/14/2014

Renovations to turn the former Neosho County Community College building on Beech Street into space for the Franklin County Sheriff’s and the Attorney’s Offices are one step closer to reality.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve the issuance of bonds for the renovation project, as well as for the Franklin County Courthouse HVAC project.

Renovations to turn the former Neosho County Community College building on Beech Street into space for the Franklin County Sheriff’s and the Attorney’s Offices are one step closer to reality.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve the issuance of bonds for the renovation project, as well as for the Franklin County Courthouse HVAC project.

The building, 226 S. Beech St., Ottawa, was purchased by the county in 2011 to eventually provide more room for the sheriff’s and county attorney’s offices.

In early November, the commissioners received a presentation from Dan Rowe of Treanor Architects, Kansas City, Mo., illustrating a preliminary layout of the vacant building that would house the sheriff’s office, county attorney’s office and juvenile services.

Tight quarters, multiple evidence and records rooms and inefficient public access to the sheriff’s office were just a few of the reasons Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, previously gave for the move.

Treanor Architects is in the middle of the design process, which is estimated to cost $2,412,500 for renovations to the Beech Street building, Lisa Johnson, Franklin County administrator and counselor, said. Treanor will be coming back to the board of commissioners in the next month for approval on the design, Johnson said, and the next step would be the solicitation of bids for the project.

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