• Plans to remodel the Hendricks County Courthouse are reviewed by county commissioners

    February 16, 2012 No comments

    Hendricks County Commissioners are favoring plans that would expand Superior Courts 4 and 5 at the Hendricks County Courthouse.

    In a story in today’s issue of The Hendricks County Flyer, Wade Coggeshall reports that commissioners viewed floor plans for proposed remodeling at the courthouse during their meeting on Tuesday.

    Hendricks County facilities manager Kevin Cavanaugh said, “The outcome is really to provide more space for Superior Court 4 and Superior Court 5, to accommodate the larger jury trials they find themselves having and a larger workload in general,”

    Superior Court 5 Judge Stephanie LeMay-Luken told commissioners that her courtroom and Judge Mark Smith’s Superior Court 4 see the majority of the county’s civil cases, which require juries.

    Proposals garnering the most support include moving the lounge and holding area by Superior Court 4, in the southwest corner of the first floor, to the southeast corner where the child support office was before it moved with the prosecutor across Jefferson Street to the building where Danville previously housed its town offices and police department.

    Superior Court 5 is currently on the third floor and separated into two areas. Officials are currently proposing to remodel the former prosecutor’s office on the second floor and moving Superior Court 5 there. It’s either that or have courts 4 and 5 share the space and have accompanying offices.

    Commission President Eric Wathen agreed, voicing his approval of Superior Court 5 solely occupying the former prosecutor’s office.

    A 2009 study by Arc Design and Banning Engineering on the county’s judicial center needs determined it would cost taxpayers more than $40 million to move the courts to the old fairgrounds or revamp the courthouse.

    Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting also approved the engineering department contracting with Arc Design on a new study for the current remodeling options.

    Commisioners on Tuesday also approved turning the current two-way intersection at County roads 700 North and 900 East into a four-way stop. County Engineer John Ayers said residents there have long complained about the number of vehicular accidents at the intersection. In its last review it met the government standards as far as number of accidents to turn it into a four-way intersection.

    25 mph speed limits in the Beckoning Way subdivision at County roads 900 and 550 were also approved as was amending the county’s sex offender ordinance to shift fees for it from the general fund to the sheriff’s department, which maintains the sex offender registry.

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