ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — The Carter County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places, and that's one of the things county commissioners are trying to maintain as more plans develop for the building's renovations.

In June, commissioners started discussing a plan to fix the courthouse dome because of leaks and cracks.

A month later, a contract was signed for MA+ Architecture to develop plans for repairs.

Since then, a larger project has taken shape.

"We have some columns underneath the courthouse that are in dire need of repair. We have some marble that we have also asked for quotes on as well that are starting to slough off the wall,” said District 3 Commissioner Berry Lee-Brinkman. “The total cost of this repair — if the Board of County Commissioners chooses to approve it — is $4.5 million."

The county would use some taxpayer funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to help pay for the project.

Commissioners are still looking to approve it, but conversations have already been had to ensure regular courthouse proceedings could continue if construction starts.

"We’ve been in close contact with the DA's office and our judges, and we're letting them know when we will and won't be in,” Brinkman added. “We've also spoke with them on their court schedule. The construction company knows that they have to be flexible."