First of three portables arrives

7-8-portables-3By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

One of the three portables offices, which will be used to house the employees of Roosevelt County Courthouse during the replacement of HVAC system, arrived on Monday at the north parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

The two halves of the portable office being hauled by two semi-trucks had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot.

County Manager Charlene Webb said the trucks were given permission by the county to jump the curve to get into the parking lot.

Traffic was stopped by Portales Police Department on First Street for the trucks to get into the parking lot.

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo Semi-trucks hauling a portable office to the Roosevelt County Courthouse had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said Williamson Renovations, the company moving the portables, would be pay for damage to the sidewalk.

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Semi-trucks hauling a portable office to the Roosevelt County Courthouse had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said Williamson Renovations, the company moving the portables, would be pay for damage to the sidewalk.

“They took plenty of precautions. They took before and after photos of the sidewalk as well,” Webb said.

If the sidewalk is damaged, Webb said Williamson Renovations will pay for the cost to repair it.

The rest of the portable office will arrive by Wednesday and the offices will be prepared for moving in by the end of July according to Webb.

The repair of the HVAC system is estimated to take nine months and was a preventive measure after eight types of mold were discovered in the courthouse by a private lab consultant.

The cost of having the trailers in the parking lot of the courthouse for nine months will be anywhere between $400,000 to $500,000, according to the project manager of Williamson Renovations, Dennis Geshel.

According to a press release from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce to its members, parking on the south side of the courthouse is allowed, but the north is off limits.

The chamber suggests employees of downtown businesses and offices park in the parking lots at Third Street and Avenue A, Commercial Street and Avenue A or the farmer’s market parking lot at First Street and Avenue B. The Farmers’ Market lot will be closed on Mondays and Thursdays.