Contractors remodeling the Logan County Courthouse Annex are shooting for a late April completion date with opening of the cowork space on or around May 1.
That was the word to the Logan County Commissioners Tuesday morning during the board’s work session.
The commissioners met with Scott Rubottom, owner of Sterling Handyman, and Trae Miller, executive director of the Logan County Economic Development Corp., to talk about contracts for the construction phase on the project. One floor of the annex, which once held the Logan County Courts and Sheriff’s Office, is being remodeled as a business incubator and coworking space under the LCEDC’s auspices. Cost of the project is being covered by a $62,577 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
County Attorney Alan Samber will draw up contracts for Sterling Handyman and its subcontractors. Samber said performance bonds for the project aren’t necessary; he said obtaining performance bonds can be expensive for a contractor, but if the commissioners are comfortable with the contractors doing the work, the bonds aren’t required.
Rubottom, the general contractor for the work, said he’s been in business for 10 years and is “totally committed to this community.”
All of the contractors are local. Lock & Sons is in charge of plumbing, Curlee Heating and Air Conditioning is handling the HVAC work, and Better Electric is doing the electrical wiring.
Board Chairman Joe McBride asked Rubottom if he had a timeline for completion of the work. Rubottom said that because he’s not directly overseeing the subcontractors, he can give an exact timeline.
“Once we get going, it shouldn’t take more than two months,” he said. “We’re not going to be butting heads or getting in each other’s way, so I expect it to go fairly smoothly.”
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved a re-subdivision and replat of Koenig’s Addition at the south edge of Sterling. The replat is being done to “clean up lot lines,” according to the resubdivision application filed by the Mildred H. Koenig Dynasty Trust.
The resubdivision caused some friction between city and county officials in 2018 when the Board of Commissioners vacated a platted roadway then named Nasturtium Road. City officials didn’t want the roadway vacated because it could be used in the future, and would line up with other city streets in the area. The commissioners agreed to vacate the roadway because the Koenig property owners requested it, and they saw no reason to deny the request.
The commissioners also approved more than $61,000 in Lodging Tax Board funds to pay for advertising of upcoming events in Logan County. Of that amount, $33,000 will go toward salary for Marilee Johnson, director of the Logan County Visitor’s Center. The rest will be paid to various media outlets to advertise the International Feedlot Cowboys Rodeo Finals, the Sportsman’s Experience 2019, NJC Young Farmers Tractor Pull and Colorado Flatlanders Annual Rod Run, and to buy ads in Colorado Country Life Magazine and Mile High Sports Magazine.
Jeff Rice: 970-526-9283, firstname.lastname@example.org