Courthouse employees settling into annex

Courthouse employees settling into annex

Signs in the Washington County Annex direct visitors to the newly relocated county officials housed in the annex. The offices were moved last Thursday and Friday from the court house due to mold and other issues with the structure.

Published: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 03:38 PM.

CHIPLEY — Washington County employees are getting settled into their new offices in the County Annex building, and it looks like they will be at the annex for the foreseeable future.

“I don’t think we will be going back for at least a year,” said Chief Deputy Clerk Lora Bell. The courthouse closed its doors on Thursday, Dec. 19, and the county employees spent the rest of that week moving to the annex and setting up shop.

On Dec. 12 during the Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board approved of County Coordinator David Corbin shutting down the courthouse and relocating the Clerk of Court’s office in the case that mold clean-up in the courthouse takes longer than a couple of days.

County Attorney Jeff Goodman explained on Dec. 12 that during the process to repair damage to the Washington County Courthouse, mold was found in the basement, in the third floor and in air duct feeding to several rooms.

“The courthouse has already elected not to use the court rooms and the judges have already moved to the courthouse annex,” said Goodman. “We’re doing this to see if we can get things resolved over the Christmas holiday, however I recommend that if it takes more than a few days that David have the authority to shut down and relocate the Clerk of Court and give a status report in January.”

The county offices were open at their new location on Monday, but there was still a lot of unpacking and moving to do.

The County Courthouse was shut down due to issues with mold, but the building was already having issues with flooding and pieces falling off.

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