County Services Expand In Rim Country

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Gila County is expanding the services it offers in Northern Gila County.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Jan. 30 for the new satellite recorder's office at 108 W. Main Street.

"The new office will be between 400 and 500 square feet," said County Manager John Nelson. "It will share lobby space with the assessor's office."

He said once the facility is complete, the county will hire two new full-time employees, plus one part-time employee to staff it.

With the addition of the recorder's office to the Northern Gila County complex, just about every county service has a duplicate in the Rim country, according to Jo Johnson, administrative assistant to Gila County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Christensen.

Only representatives from the treasurer's office and the county superintendent of schools are not housed here. But with the Internet, Nelson said officials hope to soon offer treasurers' services to Rim country residents.

Most county services for Northern Gila County are at the complex on the corner of Main Street, Highway 87 and W. Frontier Street. The county roads department has offices in Star Valley where the maintenance yard is located.

"The construction schedule is in the preliminary stages right now," said Director of Public Works Steve Stratton. "There is a slab on the site we have to remove to see what's under it."

That work will be done by Pete Randall of Tonto Basin he said, who will also be putting in the footings, stem wall and a new slab, starting Feb. 2.

"That will sit for two weeks, then our people will come in to start framing on Feb. 16," Stratton said.

He said they plan to have it up and running by the end of March.

"Some of the work will be subcontracted, such as the roofing. So anyone interested in the job should get in touch with my facilities manager, Bob Hickman at (928) 473-7910."

Nelson said the county is keeping the work on the new recorder's office to a minimum.

"We're looking at all the county facilities," he said. "The complex up there is very inadequate, but it will be very expensive (to replace it), but we know we'll have to do something in the future."

The ceremony to break ground for the new recorder's office for Northern Gila County is at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30 at the south end of the assessor's parking lot.

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