Rogers County kicked off construction of the new courthouse parking lot Wednesday in an effort to save taxpayers $300,000.
Commissioners Dan DeLozier and Kirt Thacker are calling the project a joint effort with crews from District 1 and 3 working together to lower costs.
The commissioner’s crews will complete the dirt work, asphalt and pavement markings lowering the overall expense by utilizing county manpower and equipment.
The project is expected to cost $829,733, approximately $300,000 less then the initial cost of $1.2 million. It will be funded through bond proceeds, as well as, the county’s general building maintenance fund.
Voters passed two bond issues — the first in 2010 for $23.5 million and the second in 2011 for $3.25 million — to fund the construction project.
“The project is a long time coming and we are ready to get this finished,” Thacker said.
“We have to get this project off the ground,” DeLozier said.
Both commissioners agree the county’s participation is a great way to save funds and get the project moving forward.
Scheduled to be complete in three months, the parking lot will serve more than 200 automobiles, including several handicap parking spaces.
The parking lot will feature a reflecting pool surrounding the VFW’s Eternal Flame monument and two new entrances.
Visitors will be able to use street signals located on Patti Page Boulevard for increased safety.
The dirt material excavated from this weeks work is being donated to the City of Claremore’s gun range. The training facility provides services to both city and county law enforcement officers, DeLozier said.
“The partnership with the city is just another way the county is working to reuse materials and limit waste, ultimately saving tax dollars,” DeLozier said.