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County discusses courthouse layout following library move

Lake County’s courthouse building is roughly a month away from gaining an appreciative amount of extra space.

The question is, of course, how will it be utilized?

This very topic served as a point of discussion by Lake County’s Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday, Sept. 3, work session.  During that same meeting, Lake County Public Library Dir. Amy Hutchinson spoke briefly on plans for the long-awaited move into the new South G Street main branch building.

Hutchinson reported an official move-out date of Oct. 12 and 13 from the library’s current location, with the formal grand opening celebration set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at the new site.

The Commissioners’ discussion set forth no specific goals or actions, but mainly recognized the opportunity to re-examine internal space usage within the facility.

The Commissioners previously established a working group dedicated to the development of objectives in light of the anticipated library vacancy.

Commissioner Ken Kestner said the board needed to determine if a design professional is needed, and, if so, on what scale for what is appropriate for the county.

Most of the logistics pertain to the potential for moving departments within the courthouse.

Commissioner Dan Shoun said a complete building assessment is needed before any action is taken and in order to avoid future consequences of questionable implementation.  Commissioner Brad Winters recommended that Shoun serve on the committee that determines the building’s needs and logistics.

“Before we do anything substantial, we need to have a general plan formulated,” Shoun said in a later interview.

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