Nearly $60,000 in renovations is complete at three Graves County Courthouse offices.
The work involved the judge-executive's office, sheriff's office and county clerk's office, all of which are in the courthouse annex, attached to the Graves County Courthouse and sharing the same elevator and stairwell.
The most extensive work was in Judge-Executive Jesse Perry’s office. It included a new layout of the work space for employees, a central office heat and air conditioning system to replace a window unit, a secure entry, and new signage. The work began in January and was mostly complete in March with final finishing work having just taken place. It cost $24,380, county treasurer Codie Courtney said.
“We were short on space, so we needed to maximize what space we had available,” Perry said.
Five part-time or full-time employees work out of Perry’s office, not counting maintenance staff, he said. Two had desks inside a utility closet until the space was rearranged. They couldn’t even be hooked into the same computer network before the move.
“There was a lot of inconvenience and now everything is all consolidated into one office,” Perry said.
County Clerk Kim Gills’ office received new vinyl flooring and paint last fall after a pipe burst in a ceiling above the office, destroying the carpeting.
“Jesse really stepped up and helped me,” Gills said of the judge-executive, recalling how county workers worked quickly to remediate the damage. The new flooring cost $15,800, Courtney said.
The sheriff’s office renovations began this spring after interim Sheriff Jon Hayden took office. The carpeting in that office was more than 25 years old, he said.
“We just wanted to give it a new, clean, fresh, professional look,” Hayden said.
Besides flooring, the work included paint and extending a partial wall dividing off some office space to the ceiling. The new wall helps cut down on noise and distractions for employees involved in maintaining financial records, Hayden said.
The work in the sheriff’s office cost $19,304, Courtney said.
The sheriff’s office also used some of its asset forfeiture funds from drug cases to purchase new signs and logos. The work took roughly three weeks in April and May.
Courtney said the renovations would not have been possible without extra fees being collected by the county clerk’s office. The office turned over $69,838 more than was budgeted, which allowed for the renovations, she said. Additionally, she said, the fiscal court has applied for a grant for a new courthouse air conditioning and heating system and new windows.