Early planning is already here for the next phase of a major renovation project inside and out for Garvin County’s courthouse building in Pauls Valley.

A group of county officials met with architects Monday to look closer at the many items that could be included in this second phase of a courthouse upgrade paid for mostly by a county sales tax approved by voters back in 2007.

It all comes after the initial phase of the overall courthouse project was wrapped up last summer.

This next part will have a lot of focus on making some much needed improvements to handicap accessibility to the courthouse.

“The first thing we have to do is the ADA in the courthouse because we have a grant that we have to spend just on that,” said County Clerk Gina Mann, referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The $190,000 grant, which is to be matched by county funds, is meant specifically for making handicap related improvements to public buildings.

According to Mann, the match will come from around $1 million in county sales tax money that’s accumulated since the first round of the courthouse improvements.

That first phase provided the courthouse with a new elevator constructed outside the main structure, a brand new roof, upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems, a new boiler system, some restroom renovations and improvements to the heating and cooling system.

Now county officials are planning to combine the handicap related upgrades with a few others left out of last year’s first series of renovations.

Also planned for the second phase are making some changes to space in the courthouse.

The current plan is to move the current county commissioners’ office to the space formerly occupied by a tag agency and probation and parole office. The vacated space would then be split between the sheriff’s department and district attorney’s office.

The process to seek public bids for the second phase renovations is expected to occur at some point in March.

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