October 10, 2007 Edition

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Justices discuss plans for buildings

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

Justices discussed plans for the new courtroom addition to the Lawrence County Courthouse and tentative plans for the former Hutcherson Building during the Quorum Court meeting Monday evening.

County Judge Alex Latham told the court that blueprints for the addition are not ready yet, but that he does have a preliminary floor plan and hopes to have the job out for bids within a few weeks.

He said essentially what he is trying to do is build a courtroom that will meet the needs of the county for the least amount of money as possible. Sheriff Dan Ellison said he feels they have a workable plan, one that's "much better than what we've got."

Latham also informed justices of his plan to create a meeting place for the county large enough to hold 150 people in the former Hutcherson building. He said the project will "pump some life into that part of town." Some heat and air, electricity and carpentry work will have to be done, but Latham said the cost will be minimal.

The county government will have priority use of the room, but County Attorney Dick Jarboe is looking into what steps the court will have to take to allow private use of it.

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