HARRISVILLE- Ritchie County Commission is poised to get the funding in place and finalized to pay for the construction of a courthouse annex.
The commission is scheduled to sign off on an agreement for around $5 million in USDA bonds on Sept. 12, Commission President Sam Rogers said.
The county is estimating it will need around $4 million to complete the project, but is securing $5 million in case costs go over so local officials don't have to come back and secure more, Rogers said.
''We are working on the lease,'' he said.
Ritchie County Building Commission will have a second reading on the proposal today. If approved, a final reading will be Oct. 3.
The county has worked out a 3.5 percent rate on the funding and a 35-year payback schedule, Rogers said.
A call for bids on the project has gone out with the bids due Oct. 1.
Space in the Harrisville courthouse has been tight. Officials said the space has not been available to adequately handle the needs of the family law master, the circuit judge and the magistrate.
Things were compounded when the old library - used for magistrate and family court offices - was damaged by the derecho last year. The damage forced magistrate officials to relocate to a building on Main Street in Harrisville.
The county's family law master is using one of the circuit court judge's conference rooms.
The courts have run out of space, county officials said.
Officials have architectural and design plans for 12,000-square-foot annex spread out over three floors.
County officials have had asbestos removed from the old library on the site and tore it down recently.
The county's magistrate court office has been in three locations in the downtown area in as many years, officials said.
The new annex will move the magistrate court to the courthouse and give it a permanent home. The new space will provide room for the family law master.
The project would provide handicapped accessibility to the entire courthouse and create a waiting area for the circuit court.
The annex would be a free-standing building, but would allow handicapped access through its elevators to all the floors of the courthouse.
County officials have been trying for 20 years to build an annex to accommodate growing space needs.