Size of new courtroom concerns officials

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

City Manager Frank Bottorff said the city would have liked to have had a larger facility, but there wasn’t enough money in the $1.8 million project budget.

“I think as they went through the iterations of what they could afford, eventually the building had to shrink a little bit to go within the budget,” he said. “There certainly were reductions during the planning phase.

“When you look at the new room as compared to the old room, there will be a reduction of some sort in the number of public seats available but I don’t think we have a final solution yet.”

Havelock Mayor Will Lewis, who was part of last week’s meeting, said the city had made modifications to the building plans to allow for use of the room as a courtroom.

“We don’t have metal detectors and some of the other security things that they would like to have, so they mentioned way back that they’d like to have all that, but we’ve already spent about $200,000 of our own money trying to make a separate lobby, making sure that doors open and close the way we want, adding judge’s chambers in the back and a clerk room and a computer location so they can access records from right there on site,” he said.

Still, it is the size of the room that is an issue, he said.

“It’s really just a space concern,” Lewis said. “We’re going to work together over the next couple of months to try to figure out how we can make it work.”

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