The Edwards County Courthouse will be getting a makeover, and the price tag will be roughly $700,000.

The decision to move forward with the project was made by the Edward County Board of Commissioners Monday morning during their October regular meeting, while having a sub-meeting of the Edwards County Public Building Committee. The PBC also approved financing for the project through the First National Bank of Allendale, electing to borrow $500,000 for a five-year loan at an interest rate of 1.9 percent.

The PBC will be responsible for covering the cost of the project, with funds collected by the committee’s tax levy only being usable for courthouse repairs. The PBC fund had in excess of $500,000 as of the meeting, according to PBC accountant Terry Harper.

During the PBC’s September meeting, a bid of $674,200 was submitted by Renaissance Roofing. Bob Yapp, a historical preservationist hired by the county to evaluate their options regarding a potential renovation to the clocktower, expressed that the bid was lower than he expected, and recommended the committee accept it.

The project itself could begin sooner rather than later, according to one PBC member who spoke with a representative of Renaissance following the September meeting of the committee.

“He actually would like to start maybe even this fall,” said County Commissioner and PBC Chairman Matt St. Ledger. “But Bob Yapp is kind of pushing them to start in March of next year.

“To me, I don’t really care when they start.”

St. Ledger did note that the first payment for the project is due 60 days after Renaissance begins the project.