MOULTRIE — A courtroom addition at Colquitt County Courthouse Annex is expected to be completed by the end of the month, but court proceedings may still not be held there for a few more months.

On Monday Colquitt County Commission approved a $334,737 payment for previous work on the $737,000 project. With the invoice approved Monday the county has paid $601,353 of the contract cost for the construction work.

Commissioners also approved Monday a $5,736 contract for signage at the annex building, which will include signs for the courtroom facility.

If courtroom construction work is completed by the end of February as scheduled, there still remains clean up and moving in furnishings to the courtroom, County Administrator Brian Shuler said Tuesday.

Once the courtroom is ready access will be limited to the area except during days when court is in session. Entry to the building will be through the basement level in the rear of the building.

“Employees in the building, the general public, nobody will have access to that area unless they have (reason) to be in court that day,” Shuler said.

Court employees will have access through key cards, he said.

Commissioners approved in November furniture bids of $53,441 for tables, desks, chairs and cabinets, and $17,862 for jury chairs.

With the courtroom opening later this year, it seemed like a good time to purchase new signs to help the public find offices in the building, Shuler said.

“There’s going to be a lot more traffic once the courtroom is completed,” he said. This is “just to make it easier for people to find their way around the building.”

“You’re probably not talking about seeing any court activity in their until April or May.”

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