LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – The Lee County Commission has accepted a bid to move forward on building an annex to the Lee County Courthouse in Opelika.
The commission accepted a bid from Carmon Construction, Inc. Monday night.
According to Lee County Administrator Roger Rendleman, the overall project budget was set at $9.9 million which will be funded with:
- $2 million already available in the Capital Improvement Fund
- $6.5 million 15-year loan that will be paid back from the Capital Improvement Fund
- A transfer of $1.4 million from the General Fund over the next 24 months
The new three-level, 36,000 square-foot annex will replace the former jail and sheriff's office that was added to the rear of the courthouse in the 1950's.
According to OANow, parking will take up the bottom floor, the revenue commissioner's office will be on the second, and the appraisal offices will be on the third. A second entryway will be constructed in the rear to complement the front entrance, and angled parking will be added along the street.
Demolition of the existing addition could begin within the next 30 days, and the project should be completed within two years, said architect John Randall Wilson.
During construction, the probate office and the revenue commissioner's office's functions will continue operating out of the courthouse. Most of the other offices will be relocated to spread out parking and foot traffic.
During Monday's meeting, the commission also approved:
- Changing the back to school sales tax holiday to the third full weekend in July
- Resurfacing of portions of Lee Road 175 and Lee Road 279 with 80 percent of the costs paid through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program and 20 percent through the county. The total cost of both projects is $1.5 million.