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A rendering of what the Stark County Courthouse addition would like look if viewed from the corner of Sims and Third Street West in Dickinson. Submitted Graphic by JLG Architects

Stark County (N.D.) courthouse renovation moves forward

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Stark County Commission moved closer Tuesday to finalizing design plans for the Stark County Courthouse renovation and addition that’ll begin this summer, and discussed taking additional public input on the project before construction begins.

Rob Remark, the project leader for JLG Architects in Dickinson, asked for the commission’s approval during its regular monthly meeting at the courthouse to move forward on the design elements before the courthouse project’s building committee meets Thursday.

The committee will do a virtual “walk through” of the project Thursday as a member of the public, as a county worker and as a sheriff’s office employee escorting a detainee to the courtroom. They’ll also discuss specific materials that could be used in the project both on the exterior and interior.

“I wish there was a way we could get all of the county commissioners to go to that meeting, to participate, without having to call a special meeting,” said Ken Zander, one of two commissioners on the building committee.

Remark also suggested Thursday as a good time to plan a public input meeting or open house for the project. Zander said he believed it was a good idea, so the public understands the scope of the project in relation to the estimated cost.

“I’ve been asked, ‘At what stage will we have a dollar number attached to this?’” Zander said.

Remark said the project’s total cost is still tracking around the commission’s approved $6.48 million budget that was signed last December, though that figure is likely to be finalized during the June commission meeting.

Remark said bidding and negotiations should wrap up in June, though construction will likely start that month. The expected construction period is 12 to 14 months, he said after the meeting.

Scull Construction is the construction manager at risk on the project.