Justice Center public hearing scheduled for next week
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A public hearing has been planned for February 8 to hear public input on the proposed Justice Center for Trigg County. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom of the courthouse with the stated purpose of hearing from property owners who may want their properties considered for the Center’s location.

Property owners interesting in submitting proposals will be asked to submit plats of their property the asking price and statements of any known historical or environmental concerns about the property.

In addition to the property owners, the committee will also hear comments from the general public about their general feelings about the project and their input on where the new Center might be located.

Trigg County has been awarded just over $10 for land purchase and construction of a facility that will be designed to house circuit and district courts, as well as the circuit court clerk and judge’s offices. Any county offices that wish to be located within the facility would have to have state approval as well as pay a portion of the additional cost.

Currently, the courthouse – owned by Trigg County – houses the circuit court, Trigg County Sheriff and E-911 and dispatch offices. It also serves as a location for the Helping Hands Food bank.

Both written and oral comments will be taken at the public hearing and all citizens are welcome to attend.

The Renaissance on Main committee has become the latest group to endorse a move to keep the Justice Center at its current location in the downtown area of Cadiz. According to a release this week, the committee has submitted documents to members of the Cadiz City Council an the Justice Center offering their support to that effect.

One of the items the committee addressed was the concern over parking in the downtown area. Currently, parking in the downtown area is at a premium, but the committee has noted in its release a plan that will expand the parking in the area to more than 200 spaces.

That plan, however, would require the purchase of several private lots and buildings, something that might not be covered in the initial funding. Part of the parking in the plan would include spaces behind the current courthouse annex, areas now being used by several business owners in the downtown area, existing city parking lots and areas along Marion and Monroe Streets.

In the letter to the committees it was noted that both purchases and repaving would be needed to “provide both downtown and the new justice center with adequate space for parking and development.”

It also noted that under the proposal the walking distance to a new Justice Center would be “shorter than an average Wal-Mart parking lot.”

Renaissance on Main also included a copy of “The Value of Downtown” a paper prepared for the downtown area of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

“The ROM committee believes the new justice center is a vital part of the ongoing development of downtown,” the release said. “The sheer number of employees, attorneys, businessmen, etc. who would frequent the facilities would create traffic flow that fosters an environment for restaurants, shops and professional offices. The exponential growth effect of these business ventures would bring even more economic prosperity to the downtown area.”
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