Walworth County building remodel discussed
Walworth County Public Works Director Shane Crawford said architects are coordinating efforts on the two floors of the west wing of the old courthouse to facilitate construction.
Elkhorn is entitled to the first floor and the north portion of the second floor, where city officials plan to house the police department and some municipal court functions. The county will keep the other half of the second floor.
The space on the first floor was granted to the city in exchange for annexation of land where the current Walworth County Judicial Center is located on the east side of the city.
“The county owned a ton of property, but the judicial center had to be built within county seat land,” Crawford said. “So now we have an annexation issue.”
Along with the first floor of the county building, county officials gave the city $150,000 in remodeling credit for the building.
Once the city asked for more space within the building, county officials were able to exchange half of the second floor for the remaining $140,000 of the original credit.
Elkhorn Police Chief Joel Christensen said the building is structurally sound and should be able to provide for the department’s needs.
“We think this will be a 20 years building for us,” he said.
Christensen added that city architects are developing plans for the first floor and half of the second floor.
“We’re almost nearing finalizing that floor plan,” he said.
Crawford said county officials have not yet decided what they will do with its half of the second floor.
Crawford expects to open the project for bidding in the next week or two.
He hopes to award the project to the winning bidder in August and begin construction in September.