“We’re excited about this,” says Tom Green County Judge Steve Floyd.
“This is a culmination of about 10 years of moving around and trying to restructure for a little more accessibility by the public.”
This week the second floor renovation is expected to be completed.
Judge Floyd’s office, the Commissioner’s Court and several other departments including the county treasurer, Audit and Human Resources will occupy the second floor space.
“They had been somewhat scattered so this is kind of a culmination of a 10, 12 year plan to group like offices together for efficiency,” says Floyd.
Elections and Vehicle Registration are the main functions operating the first floor of the building.
Judge Floyd says over the course of remodeling, the project cost under $7 million for the total renovation of the building.
“We’ve incorporated the asbestos concern, the energy compliance concerns, the technology — that has pretty much caused a lot of movement the last 20 years in bringing the buildings up to date.”
The Commissioner’s Court, which also serves as the Judge’s court, is equipped to serve as an additional court room if needed during the course of remodeling of the courthouse.
“We’ve set it up as a multi-function room with the technology where trials can be conducted in here. It can serve basically as a very versatile space.”
Judge Floyd says all move-ins should be completed by the end of the week
“I believe now it will be good for 60, 70 or 80 years of service to the citizens,” says Floyd.
The first commissioner’s court meeting in the new room is expected to be held at the end of the month.