With the purchase of the American National Bank building in Plattsmouth complete, Cass County Commissioners are looking into its interior reconfiguration to accommodate the probation department.

Commissioners discussed the renovation at their Dec. 26 meeting. Commissioner Dale Sharp said four large offices will be divided to create the eight offices needed for probation staff.

County Board Chairman Dan Henry and Sharp visited the building last week. “We changed the layout and the way we want to do it is cheaper,” Sharp said. Henry worked with the real estate agent and bank representatives on the purchase.

Sharp said the offices will be eight and one-half feet by 13-feet. “There will be a hallway between them and a hallway all around,” he said.

Henry said the reception space would be turned into a commons area. “The hallway would continue all the way back to the original two offices on the left and the two offices on the right,” he explained.

Henry also recommended insulation be added to the office walls to sound-proof each of them. “They need the privacy,” he said.

All the interior doors will be changed to be the same style. “There will have to be some changes in the floor,” he said.

An electrician was consulted about the 200-amp service already in the building. “I think we’re going to be fine with that. We need to ask probation what and where they want their IT connections,” Henry said.

Some of the building will be dedicated to storage for district court clerk’s, assessor’s and register of deeds’ offices.

“There is a lot of room in that vault,” Henry said.

The county board approved the purchase of the building, 602 Ave. A, for $200,000 at its Oct. 17 meeting. “With the closing costs, the total was $200,825. A credit of $65,855.62 was given for property taxes and a closing cost credit leaving a total of $134,969 owed by the county,” said Commissioner Janet McCartney. “The agreement documents were dated Nov. 1.”

When the probation offices are moved, the assessor will use more space in the Annex Building.

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