The PDB agreed to host the forum Feb. 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Trigg County Courthouse’s circuit courtroom. They will then hold their regularly scheduled meeting immediately following the hearing.
Besides being an opportunity for county landowners to offer plots of land for sale to the county, it will also be a chance for the public to air any concerns with the project, be its location, architectural style or anything in between, said Vance Mitchell, PDB’s advisor from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Mitchell said the board would be free to respond to comments if they chose, and would probably want to ask questions of those offering land for sale.
Board members agreed it would not be a chance to debate the PDB.
“We should not have to come prepared to give our justifications for anything,” said PDB member C.A. Woodall.
Moore agreed, saying the board hasn’t made many decisions to justify. The PDB has settled on an architectural firm and a financial advisor. Floor plans and a location for the new justice center, however, have not been decided.
It was decided that visitors who wish to speak at the forum will have to sign-up upon their arrival to do so. The requirement is meant to help maintain order and limit the chance of any squabbling occurring between attendees.
There will also be a five-minute time limit for sharing ideas or presenting land to the PDB.
Besides hearing from the public, board members and other officials who will be affected by the justice center, such as Sheriff Randy Clark and Jailer Glenn Cunningham, will themselves be interviewed in the coming weeks by a CMW, inc planner to discuss their needs and requirements for a new justice center.