Preparation work for the expansion of the Leavenworth County Commission continues.

Preparation work for the expansion of the Leavenworth County Commission continues.

And when they met Wednesday, current commissioners voted to approve a bid to remodel the existing office space for commissioners at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. The remodeling project will result in the construction of two additional offices.

Commissioners approved a bid submitted by Julius Kaaz Construction, Leavenworth. The company will charge $33,122 for the remodeling work.

The bid was approved Wednesday by a vote of 2-0. Commissioner Vicky Kaaz recused herself from the vote and left the room as the discussion began.

Senior County Counselor David Van Parys noted that the bid had gone through a public bidding process.

JF Denney, Leavenworth, also submitted a bid. But Julius Kaaz Construction had the lower bid.

In November, voters in Leavenworth County approved the expansion of the commission from three members to five.

Two new members will be chosen during a March 26 special election.

County Administrator Mark Loughry said he may be able to move a staff person to free up an existing office in the County Commission area of the Leavenworth County Courthouse. But this would still leave the commission one office short.

He said county officials have looked at other options for providing offices for the increased number of commissioners. These options have included the sharing of existing offices by scheduling office hours for commissioners. Another idea that has been discussed is setting up offices at locations within individual commission districts.

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