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Less waiting at new motor vehicles office in the Routt County Courthouse

People stopping into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Routt County Courthouse for license plates or to obtain title to a car will find a remodeled office with shorter waits.

— The Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Routt County Courthouse is back in its remodeled office on the main level the building. The revamped office features an additional workstation to help people seeking to obtain title to a new car or pay their annual registration fee.

The five county employees in the DMV office work for Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner. A sixth employee in the clerk's office is trained to provide backup.

The remodeled office will offer a fifth workstation for the convenience of the public, a marked contrast to the temporary DMV quarters used during construction, where there were only three stations.

"We had some lines out in the hall when we had just three working desks," Bonner said, "but it worked, and now, the girls feel like they've got a huge space."

Bonner said the remodeled office will soon provide each staffer with an individual cash drawer, adding that this welcome change was the result of a recommendation from the county's auditing firm. In addition to increased accountability, it will keep the clerks out of each other's way.

"They were running into each other when we had (one) cash drawer in the middle of the room," Bonner said.

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The DMV office in the courthouse is not the office at which drivers obtain or renew their driver's licenses. That office is located at 425 Anglers Drive in Fish Creek at Sundance.

Bonner's own office is in one corner of the DMV space, and the remodel means that, for the first time, she'll have an effective heating and air conditioning system.

County Facilities Director Tim Winter said the remodel of the motor vehicle office is part of a larger project that will upgrade heating and air conditioning in both the DMV and treasurer's offices for a combined cost of $120,000, with about half of the total attributable to the heating/air conditioning upgrades.

Elsewhere, on the third floor of the courthouse, construction on a new office for recently hired Assistant County Manager Dan Weinheimer is being framed next door to the office of County Manager Tom Sullivan, with a suite of offices that includes those of the three county commissioners.

Weinheimer and his family are relocating from Fort Collins, where he was legislative policy manager for the city manager of Fort Collins. He is expected to begin his tenure with Routt County on June 6.

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