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Answers to county judicial center questions coming

In the last days of March 2012 Westmoreland County Administrator, Norm Risavi and consulting engineer Rick Funk were assembling a set of documents they would distribute to contractors and making final application for a loan from Rural Development in the amount of $9,124,000 in order to make good on the promise a past Board of Supervisors made to the seated judges twenty years before to build a new court house.

The loan application had to be submitted to the financing agency at U.S. Department of Agriculture by the end of March. The proposed judicial center RFPs (request for contractor proposals) were prepared for distribution in anticipation of contractor responses being returned to the local government during April 2012.

According to past discussions, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will be expected to

reject contractor bids and delay the judicial center projects if contractor proposals are too high. Cost projections were based on the premise that the two-story 40,732 square structure could be built for $200 per square foot.

The facility would be sited immediately adjacent to the George D. English Building, where courts currently convene. The new building would house all of the courts, court records and judicial and court offices, as well as the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Westmoreland County Sheriff and the local magistrate. English Building space currently used by the law enforcement community would become available for an expanding county government that currently must share that building with the courts.

As Risavi and Fink assembled the judicial center bids package and loan application, word arrived from the same U.S. Department of Agriculture financing agency that Westmoreland have been awarded financing to install sewerage collection lines in Glebe Harbor, Tidwells and Drum Bay. The collection lines would terminate at the Coles Point wastewater treatment facility. Westmoreland would borrow $7,331,600 from Rural Development. Interest on the 40-year debt obligation would be 3.375 percent.

According to County Administrator Norm Risavi, prospective sewer customers will have an opportunity to commit to using the proposed collection system as soon as county budget considerations are concluded. Risavi was scheduled to present his first budget proposal on the evening of May 1. No public hearing date had been established when this edition of The Journal went to press.

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