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Lewis County Judicial Annex Plans Approved

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Engineers approved the construction plans for the new Lewis County Judicial Annex Monday. The Commission will soon begin construction on the $7 million project. The Commission said it's beginning construction now because it finally has enough money for it in its budget.

The annex will change the look and operations of Lewis County, affecting not only public employees, but also citizens.

County Commission President Pat Boyle said the new complex will house all judicial departments, including law enforcement, the courts and judges. That will leave the original courthouse with about double the space it has now.

"We just need more space to do our operations today," Boyle said.

"For the receiving office, I have three people in that room along with a lot of machines and things that we require to do our documents," said County Clerk Mary Lou Myers. "Our bookkeeping department looks like your linen closet."

The site of the new annex adjoins the back of the original, historic courthouse. It'll replace magistrate court, which is located in an old house. Commissioners said it will have security measures necessary of a modern judicial annex. Those will make visitors and staff a lot safer, they said.

Security measures included automatic drop-down doors that secure individual hallways, like the corridor through which prisoners enter the courtroom.

"I hope they are proud of it like we will be," Boyle said. "I hope it frees up some space in the courthouse to make business more conducive for everyone."

The annex will be finished in the summer of 2013, officials said.