Courthouse demolition set for October
by The Cadiz Record
Jul 19, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Demolition for the Trigg County Courthouse should begin sometime in middle or late October, according to architect Dennis Arthur. He told members of the Project Development Board last week that in order to stay on schedule with the new state owned Justice Center, the site should be cleared sometime in October.

He said that he saw no problem with delaying the project until the annual Trigg County Country Ham Festival has completed its 30th year.

It was expected the Trigg County Fiscal Court would begin to make final plans to move the Trigg County Sheriff’s office and the Emergency Dispatch Center at last night’s (Tuesday) regular meeting of the Court.

Arthur, who has been working on the project for months, revealed for the first time last Wednesday there might not be enough funds in the budget for the construction required to meet seismic specifications.

“I don’t know if any consideration was given to seismic zones,” Arthur said of the funding. West Kentucky is an area resting on the New Madrid earthquake fault and all public buildings are required to meet additional standards of construction.

He told board members that if funding had not been included in the $10.2 million funding they may have to return to the state requesting additional tax dollars.

Arthur also said for the first time, extended core samples and testing would be needed prior to construction. He said apparently there was what he called a “wet water spring” on the property.

If one is found, he said, “We may be able to deal with it” by diverting the water off the property.

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