After a year of planning and construction, the new Hardin County Annex Building has been completed and employees have moved into their offices.
County officials along with city officials, local law enforcement, State Representative James White, Lumberton and Silsbee Chamber of Commerce directors and members, business leaders and members of the community gathered at the new building for a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May, 8.
An American flag that was flown over the United States Capital was presented to County Judge Wayne McDaniel by Lanie Brown, on behalf of Congressman Brian Babin.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Chris Kirkendall led in prayer and then Judge McDaniel gave special recognition to those who were essential in getting this project successfully completed including Precinct 2 Commissioner L.W. Cooper, Jr. and Purchasing Agent Misty Sims.
I’m very proud of the outcome of this project,” said McDaniel.
After the ribbon was cut, everyone was invited inside to tour the building and enjoy refreshments compliments of Hardin County.
Some of the departments that will be housed in the new building include Crime victims Assistance Center, T.J. Hall JP Precinct 3, Indigent Health Care, and Veterans Services.
Commissioner Cooper was a key person heading up this project. Regarding the completion of the building, he said, “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We’re feeling a lot better about it and are tying up loose ends now.”
He said initially it was going to be a nine-month project but it turned into a 12-month project due to Harvey and some other delays. At the beginning, they were looking at $1.8 million for the budget then after engineers determined that it would require higher specs on air conditioning and mechanical, the budget was raised to $2 million and they were able to stay within that budget.