The voters' registration office at the Harrison County Courthouse reopened for business Tuesday -- but not at its usual location.
On Saturday, that office and the parks and recreation commission office moved from their locations on the second floor of the courthouse to the first floor, where the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department was located.
The move went smoothly and the workers are adjusting to the new space, according to County Clerk Sylvia Basile.
"It's really nice down there," Basile said. "We have a lot of room and are in the process of putting everything back where it belongs."
The new space is more conducive for serving the public because workers now have desks instead of a counter, which makes operating the computers and dealing with clients face-to-face much easier, Basile said.
"It is more accessible to the public now too," she said. "I think on election night it will be better being on the ground level and easier when they bring the ballots back."
The area is large enough to house the scanners used to count the ballots too, she said.
The move is part of an estimated $350,000 in courthouse renovations in order to make room for a new circuit judge who will begin work Jan. 1, 2001, according to James Harris, county administrator.
The next phase of the renovations has already begun on the second floor and once completed, the county commission will move to that location, Harris said. Following the commission's relocation, renovations of their former offices on the first floor will be modified for the new judge, he said.
The targeted date for completing the construction is around Dec. 22, and so far things are progressing on schedule, Harris said.
The final expense for renovations will not be known until the end of December, when construction is finished.
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