Tuesday was moving day for Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington, whose office was being relocated to the basement of the county courthouse in Hannibal.
“I know the prosecutor and his staff are real pleased and the county commission is pleased they’re moving into the courthouse for a number of reasons,” said Lyndon Bode, presiding commissioner, citing convenience for both the prosecutor’s staff and public.
Another benefit is that the county will no longer need to rent office space for the prosecutor. Bode estimated in June the move will save the county roughly $18,000 annually in money spent for rent.
“Redington’s office has been across the street on Broadway for a number of years and NEILS (Northeast Independent Living Services) has been expanding. They own the building where we currently rent. They were expanding and the timing hit just perfect. They needed us to move out and we were able to work with them to continue (renting) for a couple of months while we did our renovation work. We’ll be out of their building in a day,” said Bode.
The prosecutor is moving into office space previously occupied by the real estate portion of the assessor’s office. That office has now been relocated to the renovated space in the courthouse basement previously filled by the law library, which was eliminated earlier this year.
All the renovating and moving took place after some water issues were dealt with in the courthouse.
“We’ve seen what the water problem is and we’ve got a temporary fix on the inside,” said Bode.
A more permanent fix will take place when the work shifts outside. New storm water drainage pipes will be attached to the building and the underground portion of the courthouse’s west wall will be waterproofed to the base of the foundation.