(Hannibal)— A $229,000 renovation project at the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal has been awarded to Fischer Builders of Quincy. The work centers around the basement area, according to Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode.

" We've been getting a little bit of water on the west part of the basement area over a number of years, and we've tried to fix it a number of waysWe've also been wanting to renovate the basement area, so we combined into one project."

Bode says there are three phases of the project; two of those involve moving a couple of county offices…

"Currently where the county assessor has his real estate division, we're going to move them over and renovate what used to be the old law libraryThe 2nd phase would be to move to the western side of the courthouse (outside), dig down and waterproof that. The 3rd and final phase, we go back in where the assessor's office was, renovate it, and our Marion County Prosecuting Attorney who is currently housed outside the courthouse will be moving in and occupying that space."

Bode says there should be little disruption of operations at the courthouse when work begins later this month. The renovations are expected to be complete in September.