Bryan County has been making some improvements to local government and public areas. From government office makeovers to a new jail, the county has seen many changes lately.
The county is now preparing to unveil the new Bryan County Jail. The new jail facility is connected to the old to expand the jail’s available room.
A ribbon Cutting ceremony and open house will be held on March 28 at 4 p.m. County Commissioners encourage government officials and city representatives from all cities in Bryan County to come to the event.
The county government offices have also been receiving makeovers. The Bryan County Courthouse has been undergoing renovations since the completion of the courthouse Annex.
On the first floor of the Bryan County Courthouse, renovations to the drug court office have been finished and work has begun on the election board office.
This project is estimated to be complete in mid-April. According to County Commissioner Monty Montgomery, as soon as this renovation is finished work will begin on the second floor of the building.
The second floor is going to be renovated for the Bryan County court clerk’s office. Montgomery said this project is likely to take three to four months.
The last step in the courthouse renovations will be on the third floor. Montgomery said the commissioners will collaborate with the district judge to decide the renovations made on the third floor.
He said that there will likely be a new courtroom. At this time no plans have been made for renovating the exterior of the courthouse.
Montgomery said if fund become available it is something the commissioners would like to address. “That old courthouse building was built in 1917 and getting near 100 years old,” said Montgomery.
These renovations were made possible after several county offices were moved to what is now the Bryan County Courthouse Annex.
The Robert L. Williams Library was conveyed to the county by the City of Durant in November of 2010 to be used as a courthouse annex.
This building houses the county tax assessor, treasurer, county clerk and county commissioner’s offices. “Every office in county will have a new office except the Sheriff and he has a new jail,” said Montgomery.
The county has also been working on road repairs. Along with several bridges that have been repaired over the last year, road project have been a common sight in the county.
Montgomery touched on two current projects. Two miles of Leavenworth Trail from Platter Rd. to Highway 69/75 are being widened and resurfaced now.
“They are doing base work as. It will be a completely new road on that stretch,” said Montgomery. Work will soon begin on Silo road as well.
This will be a 6.2 mile project funded not only by grants to the county but through grants given to the town of Silo as well.