A renovation to the west side of the Gage County Sheriff’s Office is underway and expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Gage County building and grounds manager Dave Jones discussed the project during Wednesday’s County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, where he said progress has been made on the renovation that will turn the garage area into office space.
“They did put the windows in (Tuesday),” Jones said. “They’re finishing up the drywall mudding and should be done by the end of this week. It kind of sat idle the past couple weeks but it is moving forward. I think it will happen pretty quick, now.”
The ongoing renovation is taking place in the west garage area of the building at Sixth and Lincoln streets. What was parking and evidence storage in the garage will soon be used primarily for office space.
Converting the garage to office space will eliminate the need for the current offices in the former sheriff’s living space, and bring the sheriff’s office into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, which was the driving force behind the project.
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The west area being renovated will be home to offices for the sheriff, record technician, receptionist and office administration, in addition to a lobby, restroom, mechanical room and visitation area for inmates.
Public visitations will be held in the new area, while a separate visitation room for inmates to meet with attorneys or clergy will remain in its current location.
In July the County Board of Supervisors approved the loan bid of $232,000 from Lammel Plumbing for the renovation.
Plans to remodel the portion of the building began several years ago, but intensified after Gage County purchased the nearby Buss Stop filling station in 2017 to be used for evidence storage.