CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) — Orange flags and spray paint decorate the Clinton County Courthouse yard, as crews prepare to build a new maintenance garage.
This is the first structure to be built before crews start on the law center.
The new garage will house the courthouse’s heating and cooling systems. Right now those are stored in the boiler house, but that building will be torn down to make room for the new center.
After the garage is built, the early earth work will start along with parking lot removal, to get begin digging for the center.
Construction is estimated to take 16 to 18 months. It is all paid for though a $22 million bond referendum.
Dan Srp, Chair for the Clinton County Board of Supervisors, said the benefits of the center make it worth the time and money.
“The deterioration of the infrastructure of the building was also another major concern and the cost to fix and repair the existing building was going to be greater then what we could justify investing,” said Srp.
The additional space allows the county to offer more programs to the community.
“We will have incorporated program space where we can assist individuals who may have substance abuse issues, mental health issues,” said Srp.
The center will also host a GED program for those who want to further their education.
Corey Johnson, Clinton County Building Maintenance Supervisor, said the new building will give him a sense of security.
“It’s a major safety thing for the county, correctional officers all the way down to maintenance personnel because I mean we are in the cell block with inmates at different times they lock up the inmates but we are actually physically in a cell block where they are staying,” said Johnson.
The official groundbreaking for the law center has not been announced, but Srp says they will set a date soon.