Justice Center opening delayed at least a month
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 20, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Construction of the Trigg County Justice Center is coming along well, although it won’t be finished until July, with at least another two weeks or more after that until it can be opened to the public.

That was one of the issues discussed at a noon meeting of the county’s Project Development Board, which was held in the Trigg County Courthouse basement last Wednesday. An Administrative Office of the Courts representative said at the meeting that a dedication ceremony could be planned for early September.

The justice center was originally scheduled for completion in June, but inclement weather forced Codell Construction, the company in charge of the construction, to pushed the completion date back, according to John Hagan Codell, construction manager at Codell Construction.

Weather such as the ice storm that hit the region in late January and early February, as well as the abundance of rain in the spring, played a factor, Codell said, adding that pouring concrete or moving dirt doesn’t work well at all in the rain.

Also discussed was the possible purchasing of the buildings on Court Street that could be demolished to make room for parking, and after an executive session on the matter that lasted up to 20 minutes, Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said they would look into it.

Humphries said they had gotten appraisals on how much that would cost and that the landowners are looking at selling those buildings to the Project Development Board, adding that the costs they heard were more than they had expected, although neither he nor other board members would say how much the estimates were.

The project board wants to hear from those in the community about what they want done in regard to parking at the justice center, Humphries said.

It was also said at the meeting that the justice center project has almost $600,000 left in the contingency fund, which could be used to help complete the project.

AOC officials also said that the justice center is fully bonded, thanks to Codell Construction, which purchased a bond last month that covers the project from the beginning stages to the end.
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