Groundbreaking held for new Monetta Magistrate Office 1

Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the new Monetta Magistrate Office at 3576 Wire Road are Tilden Hilderbrand, left, Nathan Stewart; McDonald Law; S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken; Aiken County Councilwoman Kathy Rawls; former Monetta Magistrate Judge Gibson O'Neal Fallaw; County Council Chairman Gary Bunker; S.C. Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington; Bond Court Magistrate Judge Lauren Maurice; County Councilman Sandy Haskell; and Donna Williamson, the county's chief magistrate judge.

MONETTA — A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Monetta Magistrate Office was held Friday morning at 3576 Wire Road.

Work on the project actually began "roughly a week ago," said Aiken County Assistant Administrator Brian Sanders.

Participants included County Councilwoman Kathy Rawls of District 1, County Councilman Sandy Haskell of District 5, S.C. Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington; and S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken.

Among the others were County Council Chairman Gary Bunker and the county’s chief magistrate judge, Donna Williamson.

The new Magistrate Office will be a 2,400-square-foot, single-story structure with a wood frame and brick veneer.

The building will have 14 rooms, including a courtroom, a jury room, an attorney room and a victim room.

The cost to design it was $43,320, and the cost to construct it will be $585,456.

Funds from Capital Project Sales Tax III will pay for the new Magistrate Office.

Hass & Hilderbrand of Aiken did the site design, and Hughes Beattie O’Neal Law & Associates of Aiken and Augusta designed the building.

J.E. Stewart Builders of Aiken is in charge of its construction.

The scheduled completion date is Feb. 23, 2020.

The new Magistrate Office is being constructed “to replace a building that is currently being leased,” said Aiken County Assistant Administrator Brian Sanders.

The current Magistrate Office is located at 5697 Columbia Highway North.

​Dede Biles is the Aiken County government, business and horse industry reporter for the Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @DBethBiles.