Briefs for Feb. 23

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County chooses architect for annex remodel

On Tuesday, Routt County commissioners selected Thira Inc. to draw architectural plans for the first stage of a remodel of the County Courthouse Annex and the county's 135 Sixth St. property.

The Steamboat Springs-based company gave the county the lowest bid for services with a set fee of $16,900, according to a memo from Tim Winter, Routt County purchasing and property manager. Another bid for the services was about $24,000, and two other bids were estimated as a percentage of the final construction cost.

Moving forward with the remodel of the county's downtown buildings emphasizes the county's decision that its new justice center will not be built downtown, commissioners have said.

The total cost of this remodel phase is estimated as no more than $200,000. When this remodel is finished, the Human Services Department will move into the 135 Sixth St. property. The Emergency Management Services and the Building Maintenance and Purchasing Department then will move into the first floor of the courthouse annex, eventually followed by the Environmental Health Department and the Routt County Coroner's Office, which have had to lease space downtown off the county's property.

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