Work on a new courthouse annex in Tucker County is complete. Now it's time for county employees to get familiar with their new surroundings.
The Tucker County Courthouse is nearly 115 years old, and while its still being used today, county officials said it was time to expand.
"I'm excited about the new building. Our new building is handicap accessible. Our old courthouse is handicap accessible now, so no matter what your difficulty you can access the building," said Mike Rosenau, Tucker County commissioner.
The new annex blends in with the design of the old courthouse building. The three-story building plus parking area was designed with conducting the county's business in mind, but also to make sure security is maintained.
The annex will hold several offices; magistrate court, probation officers, county clerk, county commission and circuit court. The county clerk and circuit clerk have state-of-the-art vaults to keep the county's most important records, some dating back to the 1800s.
"Thanks to West Virginia History and Archive. The shelving, workstations, everything has been through grants. It's just a pleasure that were able to store all the county records which began in 1856," said county clerk Sherry Simmons.
The Tucker County Commission said it will only have to pay half of the $5.7 million price tag on the annex, most of it came from budgeting and coal severance tax.
"This had been the planning stage for several years, It just hadn't until the last three or four years. There's been some money laid back from the previous years and previous administrations, county commissioners and what not to make this happen," said Lowell Moore, Tucker County commissioner.
"Our county has always been financially secure when it comes to watching our money. We've always watched our money in Tucker County, and we've taking advantage of all the grants possible. It may take a lot of money to get a grant, but its paid off for us," Rosenau said.
With this courthouse annex now complete, other projects are ready to get started. County officials said its all to move Tucker County forward.