Justice Center mistake costs $4,000 to fix
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Oct 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An oversight in the plans for the Trigg County Justice Center cost more than $4,000, Brad Smith from the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts said at Monday’s Trigg County Project Development Board meeting, but who will end up with the check won’t be decided until December.

The way the gate at the back of the building was set up originally, those waiting to get through the gate would be blocking part of one lane of traffic, so the gate was set back toward the building by six feet, Smith said.

David Welker of Codell Construction, the firm in charge of construction, said the work cost a little over $4,000, which is mostly materials and labor, and that the contractors have already been paid.

Smith said that the issue of whether the AOC or the Project Development Board will ultimately pay for it will be looked at during the board’s next meeting, in December.

In other business, the board talked about the Trigg County Justice Center’s dedication ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. next Wednesday at the Circuit courtroom. Mentioned during the discussion was the time capsule.

Those who want to submit items that will be put in the time capsule will have to get those items to Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, who said that several items have already been collected.

The time capsule will be placed in the wall on the first floor of the justice center during the dedication ceremony.

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton, who is a native of Trigg County, will help dedicate the building next week at the ceremony. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, Humphries said.

It was also said at the board meeting that demolition of the Boggess Building, the Virginia Alexander Building and the old District Clerk’s office and court building on Court Street will be start next month.

Humphries said the building demolition project could take as long as a month to complete, and hoped that the parking lot will end up looking nicer than the lot that is on the property formerly occupied by the old Trigg County Jail. He added that more work will probably be done on the parking lot next spring.

The purchasing and demolition of the buildings will be funded by the Trigg County Project Development Board by contingency funds that weren’t used during the Justice Center construction phase.

It has been said that the lot will provide for about 20 parking spots for the justice center.

Smith said there was a “punch list” of small items that still need to be worked on at the justice center, but said that overall, people have been impressed by it.

Another meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, a meeting that might be the board’s last one, Humphries said.
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