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Construction Moving Along with Tucker County Courthouse Annex

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Construction is still moving along on Tucker County's new courthouse annex building.

The annex will house most of the county's vital offices and documents.

The $5.7 million, three-story building will be the first thing people driving through Parsons will recognize.

"It's an eye opener, you can see it as you come into town it really stands out, and it looks good it's going to match the old courthouse good," said Bill Dilly.

Dilly is the Tucker County's clerk of the works. He oversees work and informs the county commission of what's being done.

So far he has had a lot to report. Workers on every floor are doing some type of job to get the annex ready for several offices to move in.

"We're in the finishing stage on the inside of the annex right now, putting carpet down, ceramic tile, floor tile, doing the painting, ceiling tile," said Dilly.

The ground floor will be used for parking while the space above contains offices of the prosecuting attorney, county and circuit clerk, county commission, along with courtrooms for the circuit, family, and magistrate courts. You'll also find holding cells.

It will be a few months before everyone can move into the courthouse annex, but county officials said their excited to make the move.

"Not only moving into the annex, but we're also excited about making our present courthouse handicap accessible. For once, we'll have all taxpayers in Tucker County will be able to access our old courthouse with the elevator going in the back," said Mike Rosenau, commission president.

Rosenau said they'll also receive rent reimbursements from the state and save money for spaces rented out that will now be in the annex building to help maintain the costs of the annex.

Rosenau said the annex costs will not raise any taxes for residents in Tucker County.

Coal severance taxes the county has saved up have paid for the annex project. The annex will blend with the designed look of the county courthouse. Something that was important for everyone who works inside it.

"We wanted the theme of this block of our town to reflect the way it used to be with the additional of the new so we tried to incorporate the look from the old but have the new," Rosenau said.