County courts building study to begin

A planning, assessment and feasibility study related to a proposed addition to the county courts building in Centreville was approved last week.
County commissioners agreed to the $72,500 cost to tap the expertise of the National Center for State Courts. The Denver-based agency will spend the next six months analyzing the county’s needs in advance of what will potentially be a two-story addition to the west side of the current courts building.
Its officials will work with a committee comprised of judges Paul Stutesman, Jeff Middleton and Rob Pattison, district court administrator Tab Wedge, circuit court administrator Kathy Griffin and county administrator Pat Yoder.
Details to be determined by NCSC officials include courtroom and office sizes, technology needs, various accommodations and security needs.
Commissioners last month agreed to pursue the idea of a building addition in excess of 14,000-square-feet. It would be designated for circuit, family and district courts, the prosecutor’s office and the county clerk’s circuit court office.

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