PLANKINTON — An unsuccessful bid for one phase of a $1.9 million Aurora County Courthouse project hasn’t dampened the spirits of the county’s commission.

After a successful bid to Independent Viking Glass, of Mitchell, to replace the courthouse windows — the first of the project’s four phases — the commission didn’t receive any bids for the basement work. The commission has sent the basement phase of the project to bid a second time, and will open bids for an elevator addition and separately for a new heating and cooling system in late fall or early 2018, according to Aurora County Auditor Susan Urban.

The window work is expected to be finished by Dec. 1.

“We split the work up into phases just because it’s less disruptive for the offices if we do it that way,” Urban said.

The courthouse project will include a major overhaul to the building’s handicap accessibility and heating and cooling system. There will also be an elevator built on the north end of the building, with men’s and women’s restrooms nearby, and handicap accessible restrooms will be added on each floor.

Much of the work to be done at the courthouse is to bring the facility "up to code" in regards to handicap accessibility, and officials anticipate the building will be usable throughout the construction process.

And with funds secured through lease certificates, Urban said the county’s tax levy will not be raised and the certificates will be paid back with money allocated in the county’s budget.

The entire project will be finished by the end of 2018.

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