Probably, the county employees who have had the least in office accommodations over the years, now have the most. "It's so fantastic. I'm excited," exclaimed Debbie Sanford with the County Extension Service.
The Extension Service, the Veterans Administration, temporarily the 420th District Court, and elections will occupy the spacious offices.
Election Administrator Debra Gaston looked out on her large workspace. "All of this will be the early voting area, and then we'll have tables set up to verify the voter registration as they come in. It will take us a while to get used to all this." Gaston has contended with leaky roofs and ongoing dampness. Both were problems to humidity-sensitive ballots used in elections.
A dedication for phase one of a 3.5 million dollar project was held before the public Wednesday morning. Judge Sue Kennedy told the crowd, "I applaud you in thanksgiving for the support and resources that made this renovation possible."
A primary player was missing from the dedication. Commissioner Tom Bush is hospitalized from critical injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Former Nacogdoches County Attorney and dedication emcee Bryan Davis said, "He is, by the way, improved, we believe. They've had him up recently, and his thinking process appear to be good, and we're very thankful that he's doing as well as he is."
Kingham Construction will continue with phase two renovations of the main courthouse in a couple of weeks. By the end of this week, most of the new annex will be serving the public.
Right after the last guest left the dedication, Gaston began moving in her supplies. She needs to be moved in by Monday's early voting.