Hardin County will be building a new annex building to house several county departments including: Indigent Health Care, Health Department, WIC, Veterans Services, Crime Victims Assistance Center, AgriLife Extension Services, and DPS Driver License. Construction is expected to start on January 2.
The Hardin County Commissioners were on hand with shovels to “break the ground” at the site of the new building across from the County Courthouse on the morning of Monday, December 12.
County Judge Wayne McDaniel said that the annex building is necessary because there have been many issues with the current building. “The most urgent problem that we have is mold, we also have some problems with the HVAC system over there and electrical and other issues with the building. It would cost as much to make repairs and renovations to the building as it would to build a new building. That wouldn’t even fix everything. We would still have ongoing issues with the 62 or 64-year-old building if we decided to renovate,” said Judge McDaniel.
According to Judge McDaniel, the current county building is 44,000 square feet and the new annex building will be 10,000 square feet. He also stated that as soon as the construction manager turns the building over to them, the departments will begin moving in.
There was some excitement among county employees at the ceremony as they look forward to moving into their new building.