“So far, we have $41,214 and change in our own building fund,” said Bland of money raised to build a new center by workers, clients and friends. “That’s all from $1 ham-and-biscuits, 50-cent blouses, and quarters here and there.”
The center’s main project in the year to come is to replace its building with a new structure in East Cadiz. Trigg County has secured a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, and $200,000 in grants from the Federal Government to build the new structure estimated to cost over $1.6 million.
“All of us are eagerly anticipating the groundbreaking on the new center. Some of us will live to see it, some of us not. That’s the bad part,” said Bland. “We know (Trigg County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries is working on different avenues to pay for the building.”
The director described the biggest challenge facing the building as construction of the new Trigg County Justice Center across Jefferson Street. “We have no on the street parking, and our clients cannot climb the hill (from the rear parking lot). This morning, an 18-wheeler unloading equipment blocked one lane of traffic. We lost parking in the back of the courthouse and along its two side streets.”
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