Courthouse project before supervisors Monday

October 1, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors will be asked Monday to transfer funds for a new law and justice center.

The supervisors will be asked to transfer $308,221 to continue the construction of the new Superior Courthouse in Kingman. The architecture and engineering plans and the building code plan review are complete.

The county procurement department is expected to go out for bids in the next few weeks, then name a contractor about 60 days after that. Construction on the project could begin by January. Construction should take about 18 months to complete, Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said.

With the rising costs of materials as well as furniture and IT systems, the board will be asked to transfer the money to ensure funding for the project. The money is from recent property sales, and is being held in the county construction reserve fund.

The county awarded a contract to Dick & Fritsche Design Group of Phoenix to design the plans for a 66,461-square-foot Superior Courthouse in Kingman at a cost of $2,197,698.

The new courthouse is expected to cost about $21 million, to be paid for by the quarter-cent sales tax, which is used only to build new county buildings. That sales tax expires at the end of 2019. The new four-story courthouse will be built next to the existing Superior Courthouse. Part of the existing 100-year-old courthouse is expected to be used for the Kingman justice courts when funds are available.

In other action, the board will discuss demolishing the vacant 47,000-square-foot former county jail next to the Superior Courthouse. The cost of the demolition would be about $363,730. The former three-story jail was built in 1986.

The former county jail is unsuitable for occupancy. The lack of use has left the facility in a condition where the roof and doors need repairs and the building needs to be remodeled for general office use.

The board of supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.

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