No decision yet on demolishing buildings for justice center parking
by Franklin Clark --
Jun 24, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Justice Center project is still be on track, and the building should be open by Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall’s deadline of Monday, Aug. 10, it was said at a Monday lunch meeting of the county’s Project Development Board.

The board also discussed the possibility of buying and then demolishing the Alexander Building, currently owned by Virginia Alexander, and the Boggess Building, currently owned by Katherine Costello.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said the county is going to tear down the old Trigg County Jail, and that they hope to have it demolished soon.

Humphries briefly mentioned the time capsule that will be placed in the justice center, but it was decided that since the dedication won’t take place until well after the building is actually complete, there will be time to discuss it at future meetings.

Kevin Stroud, a member of the historical society and a former member of the project development board, said the historical society made a statement that it was not in favor of the buildings being torn down for a parking lot for the justice center, although he added that the statement was not unanimous among historical society members.

Hal Hopson, attorney for the Trigg County Board of Education, also spoke about the idea of tearing the buildings down. He also said that no one has come to him personally to complain about a shortage of parking in the city.

The board also voted unanimously to declare that wherever a location is found to construct a parking lot, that the parking lot should have plenty of green space. Board member Geneva Parris stressed the need for green space many times during the meeting.

The old courthouse had plenty of green space and a square to walk around in, things the current justice center is lacking at the moment, it was said.

Brian Smith of the Administrative Office of the Courts said the office of Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk Pam Perry would be closed for the week of Monday, Aug. 3, while her equipment is moved into the justice center.

While paying the monthly bills, Humphries introduced a change order, for the amount of $66,370, relating to Codell Construction’s bonding of the justice center. Parris, the only board member that voted no, said she didn’t feel like there was enough discussion of the issue.

The board talked about voting on a Request For Proposal on demolition of the jail and subsequent improvements, but it was decided that action could wait until the board’s next meeting.

The next meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 8, in the courthouse basement.
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