Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013
Officials Break Ground On New Union County Courthouse
JONESBORO - It's safe to say that the current Union County Courthouse has had a long life, but it's also showing its age. Built in 1857, it has several problems on the inside and out that the public has dealt with for years.
"It is no longer feasible to maintain or expand this over crowded building," said Union County Commissioner Randy Lambdin, on Friday. "So starting today, we begin construction of a new structure that we hope will serve the people of the county for another 153 years."
With the turn of a few shovels, ground was broken on a new courthouse, which county leaders say is going to come at a cost of $12.5 million dollars. County commissioner Don Denny says funding for the project is coming from a sales tax resolution passed by county voters.
"It's averaging around $81,000 a month to pay for the courthouse," Denny explained. "So everybody should be proud of that, and we didn't have to raise any real estate tax, so we're going to have a building that will take us into the next century."
Although it's an expensive endeavor, State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds says it's also creating good paying jobs for area workers.
"We'll be using local trades people in building this, using as much local material as we can, so we're very excited about it," he said.
Edmonds explains the new building will also make his job and other people's tasks easier.
"We're going to have a lot of room to get our work done and bring people in, and I think that's going to make a great difference for the public," Edmonds said.
Construction will start immediately on the new facility, which will be directly behind the current courthouse. County leaders hope to have a ribbon cutting on the new courthouse in 18 months.
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