Ongoing renovations to the interior of the Anson County Courthouse are complete for the time being.
County director of buildings maintenance and parks and recreation Jeff Waisner said on Monday that renovations to the first floor of the courthouse have been finished. Renovations to the second floor of the 100-year-old building will start after the next budget year in June, if approved by the county commissioners.
The first floor renovations included the refinishing of the courthouse’s tile floors and the relocation and revamping of the Clerk of Court’s offices.
The changes to the inside of the building start with the front lobby, which has been painted. “This used to be a green color, but we changed it to white so it’s more historically correct,” Waisner said last month.
The Clerk of Court’s office has new ceramic tile floors and refurbished wood work. All of the heating and air conditioning conduits used to be visible near the ceiling, Waisner said. That has all been removed and hidden, as well. The floor also used to be raised 10 inches to allow for computer wiring to flow underneath. That problem has been corrected, Waisner said.
Clerk of Court Mark Hammonds now has a much more spacious office, a room that used to house computer equipment and five staff members. “The biggest free space in here was probably about 18 inches between desks,” Hammonds said. “Our people are now working in a much more comfortable environment.”
Hammonds expressed his staff’s appreciation for the hard work of Waisner, County Manager Lawrence Gatewood and the Board of Commissioners on the renovation project.
“It really looks good,” he said. “This building is something to be proud of.”