Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A place in history

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

County commissioners had met for decades inside the County Office Building.
  • Kin Scott
  • County commissioners had met for decades inside the County Office Building.

With the close of Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting, the county bid adieu to the commissioners meeting room at the County Office Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave.

Completed in 1960, the building had been the main meeting site for the board for decades, although many meetings have taken place at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., over the years. And that hall will be where commissioners will meet after the county spends some $1 million renovating the space for commissioners, the county attorney, administration, county budget and public information early next year.

A recent shot of commissioners in the meeting room. L to R: Sallie Clark, Amy Lathen, Dennis Hisey, Colorado Springs Friends of the NRA Chairman Scott Ytzen, Peggy Littleton and Darryl Glenn.
  • A recent shot of commissioners in the meeting room. L to R: Sallie Clark, Amy Lathen, Dennis Hisey, Colorado Springs Friends of the NRA Chairman Scott Ytzen, Peggy Littleton and Darryl Glenn.

The move is part of an elaborate reconfiguration of county government that began last year when human services, health, the treasurer, clerk and recorder, assessor and workforce center relocated to the Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road. The plan is costing taxpayers $50 million.

The County Office Building downtown will house the Sheriff's Office. No estimate has been discussed for that remodel job.

Here's the county's press release on the latest changes:

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) closed a chapter in local history as it gathered for its last regularly scheduled meeting in the Hearing Room of the County Office Building at 27 East Vermijo in downtown Colorado Springs. The building was approved in 1957 and construction was completed in 1960. More than 50 Commissioners have served the county with their regularly scheduled meetings at that location during the 50-year history of the building.

As part of the El Paso County Strategic Moves plan, the BoCC will move offices to Centennial Hall at 200 South Cascade Avenue in December and begin scheduling meetings in the Centennial Hall auditorium in 2012. In preparation for moving the Hearing Room facilities to Centennial Hall the current dais, along with variety of information technology and support equipment will be dismantled, moved and reconstructed in the new surroundings.

The County Office Building, which once housed all El Paso County elected and administrative offices except for the County Sheriff, will become the new home of the Sheriff’s Office in 2012. As part of the Strategic Moves Plan, the Sheriff’s Office will consolidate its law enforcement bureau, training academy, administration, investigations, and court related support functions into one central location and terminate the existing month to month lease on its facility at 105 West Costilla.

During the move, the board will meet at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, except on Dec. 15 when it will hold court at the Charles C. “Chuck” Brown Transportation and Environmental Complex, 3275 Akers Dr.

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