FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners Friday unanimously approved seeking a $4.46 million bond from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, if voters give their approval Nov. 2.

The bond would pay for moving county offices to Church Street Commons, and building an addition to the dispatch center and other improvements at the Sheriff’s Department building.

Three public hearings on the project are scheduled before voters weigh in on it at the polls Nov. 2.

The $4,465,000 budget includes $80,000 needed to secure the bond, because the county has missed the fall round for bond applications.

The project includes moving county administration, emergency management, and deeds and probate offices to Church Street Commons. It also provides for an addition and improvements for the county dispatch center in what is called the “White House” or sheriff’s office building next to the Franklin County Detention Center.

Public hearings on the project are scheduled in each commission district as follows: Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Jay Municipal Building; Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School; and Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Superior Courtroom on Main Street in Farmington. Tours of the historic courthouse and present offices will be included.

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