Administrative Office of the Courts Representative Brad Smith told the board that an independent attorney was hired to investigate proper bonding of the justice center projects. Chief Justice John Minton, who noticed possible problems with the bonds of some of the projects, requested the investigation.
However, according to Smith, there is no reason to worry about the project, as it is indeed properly bonded, and the timeline of the project wouldn’t be affected even if construction managers needed to re-bond the projects.
The board also discussed the issue of downtown parking for the justice center, which many have said is inadequate, and voted to get appraisals for the buildings on Court Street, buildings they said could possibly be torn down and made into a parking lot, like the old jail.
Although the Trigg County Senior Center is scheduled to be moved to a new location, the current senior center has historical significance, and cannot be torn down even after the center is moved, the board said.
The board also reported that the project is still on schedule to open in June, and that the building now has power. The fire and emergency systems have been installed and are ready to hook up to a generator if power is interrupted. The ability to hook those systems up to a generator was part of the plan before the ice storm, it was revealed.
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