Completion of courthouse work expected by late March/early April

Completion of the construction of Union County's new courthouse now is expected by late March or early April of 2013.

An update on the project was shared at a regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners which was held last Friday morning. The meeting was at the community center in Jonesboro.

Courthouse construction project manager Mike Smith shared the following projected timeline for the new county facility:

•The county 911 system will switch control from its old facility to the new building when wiring has been completed.

•Old courthouse offices now are scheduled to begin moving into the new building in January.

•Demolition of the old courthouse and sheriff's office, as well as three houses, will start in February.

•Completion of all construction/destruction work and moving operations is anticipated by late March or early April.

•A dedication ceremony for the new courthouse is still tentatively planned on  Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Smith's progress report for the period from Nov. 30 through Dec. 14 also included the following highlights:

Dec. 14 was the 310th day of construction at the new courthouse.

Drywall and painting had been completed and scaffolding was removed from the cupola tower "and it is quite a sight."

Oak hardwood doors and frames had been delivered and were being installed on Level 2.

On Dec. 6, the lower level was declared by the architects and River City Construction to be substantially completed. The sheriff's office was scheduled to start moving into its new facilities on Monday, Dec. 17.

Proposed transfer of the current 911 dispatch has been rescheduled for Jan. 7.

The Union County circuit clerk's new offices were completed. A move into the new office was expected to begin Monday.

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