Bids for remodeling south annex due Friday

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By Shane Farley
October 23, 2013 - 1:46:28 pm

Cowley County officials should know this week how much it will cost to remodel the south annex of the courthouse in Winfield for use as a 911 dispatch center.

The bidding process began earlier this month, and county officials said there has been considerable interest from contractors. The county estimates the remodeling work will cost around $2 million.

Bids are expected to be reviewed on Friday.

In April, county voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax to fund $3.5 million in renovations and equipment for a consolidated dispatch center. The remaining $1.5 million will fund equipment costs for the project.

The south annex is a former bank building the county purchased several years ago. In addition to funding for the dispatch center, the remodeling will also provide space for county emergency management, treasurer and clerk’s offices.

If bids are within an acceptable range, work on the project should begin by the end of the year, according to county administrator Jeremy Willmoth.

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