Board of Supervisors considering one building option for courthouse

Published 7:00 am Friday, December 22, 2017

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors reviewed an alternative plan to build a new county courthouse during Wednesday’s meeting.

Initial plans involved two separate buildings, but the plan presented during this week’s meeting involved only one building.

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County Administrator Adrian Lumpkin proposed the idea of building one additional building instead of two.

Lumpkin said the new proposal involved a two story building totaling 35,920 square feet, instead of the two building plan that totaled 61,000 square feet.

The first floor of the new proposal totals 17,960 square feet, with 7,200 square feet of office space set aside for the Chancery Clerk’s office inclusive of a storage unit and vault.

The new proposal includes 4,400 square feet for the tax collector’s office due to the current office having insufficient space for conference rooms and office space.

The E911 and Planning and Zoning office will occupy 1,800 square feet.

The second floor of the proposed courthouse would be a total of 17,960 square feet, with 12,000 square feet of that space for the Circuit and Chancery courtrooms, 2,590 square feet for the District Attorney’s office and 1,500 square feet for the County Court office.

Public defenders would be provided 600 square feet and the remaining 1,270 square feet would be set aside as support space for the Circuit Clerk’s office.

The new proposal is estimated to cost the county $8.7 million including construction costs and renovation and site work.

The previous two building proposal totaled $13.3 million.

The Board took the new proposal under advisement in order to have more time to review it.