West entrance of Cowley County Courthouse to close starting Monday as renovation works continues

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The west entrance to the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield will be temporarily closed beginning Monday while renovation work continues, according to the county office Friday.

“The temporary door closure will help expedite the current renovation process,” the county posted on social media. “You will be able to access the courthouse via the north, south and east entrances. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to improve our facilities.”

In March, the county announced it was accepting bids for construction improvements and renovations to the courthouse complex.

The projects include expansion and renovation for office, meeting, hearing and storage space, along with expanded lab space for the health department — specifically isolated lab space for as-needed pandemic use.

County Administrator Lucas Goff told Cowley Post in March the health department faced hurdles during the height of the COVID pandemic regarding what it could do in-house concerning its current lab space and cross-contamination risks. Concerning the expansion of space, Goff said the addition of a magistrate judge for the county has brought a need for more space in the courthouse.

Costs for the renovations and improvements were estimated to total roughly $2.5 million, however the county said it was confident it has funds already allocated for the project primarily via the federal American Rescue Plan Act and existing bond reserves for previous work to the South Annex.

The American Rescue Plan Act — a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package — was passed by Congress in 2021 and signed by President Joe Biden later that year.

Congressman Ron Estes, whose district includes Cowley County, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act, along with both Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall.

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