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Deeds office relocates for renovations

 

SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER

 

The Lincoln County Register of Deeds Office will be temporarily relocating in November while its permanent facility undergoes renovation to bring it into compliance with regulations.

With construction set to begin on Nov. 14, the office’s temporary location will be inside the old Lincoln Medical Center on Gamble Drive starting Nov. 8.

The office will be closed starting Friday while the move is under way. This will include transferring office furnishings and the county’s information technology department getting equipment set up again.

Register of Deeds Danny Hester said the renovation was deemed necessary about two years ago due to the second-floor office not being compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as a faulty heating-and-air system.

Bids for the renovation project were opened in July, and a recommendation for awarding the contract to Louis M. Gais Construction of Denver was brought before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 15. The base bid was for roughly $396,000, with the total amount of the contract being $535,873.89.

Hester said the heating-and-air system has been bad “for some time,” adding that its required repair provided the perfect time to renovate the second floor to comply with ADA guidelines and to “make it more customer-oriented.”

He also noted that the nature of the work being done — which involves gutting out the second floor — made it so it would be impossible to stay in the building during the construction period. As such, it was necessary to relocate to a county-owned building during that time.

Hester said the renovation is estimated to be completed in about four months.

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