COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Pottawattamie County Courthouse will undergo more than $1.2 million in renovations, along with a $500,000 project to upgrade election counting machines, pending approval by the County Board.
The board on Tuesday unanimously set a public hearing for Nov. 5 on the issuance of $1.7 million of general obligation bonds for six projects requested by the Buildings and Grounds Department and the Auditor's Office.
The most expensive will involve installation of fire sprinklers in the ceilings on the first and second floors and the basement. New lights and a new air conditioning system will be installed at the same time, said Jim Yochum, head of buildings and grounds. The expected cost is $510,000.
One definite “have to do” project is to bring restrooms up to the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act, including widening stall doors to 60 inches, Yochum said.
Expected cost of that is $80,000.
Other projects include:
• $400,000 to replace control mechanisms in four elevators
• $86,000 to install electronic card access for 31 doors throughout the building and at a nearby building used to store election materials
• $150,000 to resurface four county parking lots and an alley between Fifth and Sixth Avenues