HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — County commissioners in Henry County moved forward their plans to renovate a building using federal funds.

According to David Money, Chairman of the Henry County Commission, using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community, commissioners approved the Annex building in Abbeville, one of the oldest buildings in the county to get much-needed upgrades.

As of right now, the air conditioning system is broken and needs to be fixed and with parts of the sheriff’s department moving into the building, they hope to beef up security, by adding a new exterior front door. The plans also include making the EMA office larger and possibly adding an additional bathroom.

“We are out of space in this courthouse, we have no room, Money said. “The sheriff sending eight to ten investigators and deputy sheriffs freed up some room but we need the building.”

Chairman Money tells WDHN News they will be sending out requests for proposals next week and within 30 days award a contract and get the projects started.

The county hopes to complete the upgrades at the Annex building by next summer.