Come Monday morning, there will be a few more people in downtown Norman. The long-awaited public reopening of the Cleveland County Office Building takes place Monday. The county workers will report downtown instead of to their relocated offices on Robinson Street.

The offices were shut down for a couple of days this past week so employees could make the move. All of the county's offices, except the judges and District Court clerk in the neighboring courthouse building, were relocated to make way for the addition of two office building floors and remodeling of the existing two.

With the move, the election board will be the only county office that was moved out but not back into the building. It will remain in the Bank One Building at 122 S. Peters Ave.

As with any public building built in the last five years, the facility has added security measures. The only entrance is from the west near the sheriff's department and county detention center.

There's some talk of a grand opening later this year but the building's worth a visit if you are downtown. The employee parking lot south of the county complex has been rebuilt. Best of all, county officials paid for the estimated $9 million building without adding debt to our children's future.

P.S.: To the employees. Welcome back downtown. Much has happened since you left. New stores and restaurants have opened and we hear more are on their way here. Your presence contributes to the revitalization of the area.

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