During the first Carter County Commission meeting of 2016, Commissioners Joe David McReynolds and Jerry Alvord approved an agenda item approving a lease agreement between the county and Carter County Public Facilities Trust in regard to the Noble Energy property.
The action was taken to allow the county to pay the energy bills and take care of general maintenance as plans are put in place to begin the renovation and subsequent relocation of county offices. McReynolds said one architect has been interviewed. Once an architect is hired, that person will meet with the individual offices to determine their needs.
“We are going to try and get with every county office to see what their needs are in terms of space,” McReynolds said. “There will be a one-on-one meeting, me and the architect, or at least the architect.”
No timeline has been set to hire an architect or begin those meetings. The renovation will also include bathrooms to make them compliant with the American Disabilities Act. As of now, the county is looking at occupying the front of the building and the old Samedan offices on the north. Office space on the south side of the building will be leased.
Alvord said one important aspect of the renovation will be accessibility to the building for the public.
“That is one of the biggest issues,” he said. “It needs to be easy in and easy out.”
Alvord said that includes looking at parking and also determining what other issues could exist.
“There are a lot of unknowns,” he said. “We have looked it over. I will have a lot of ideas and after a day, it turns into wait and rethink it.”