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Crawford County Judicial Court to temporarily move to Pittsburg

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Renovations are on the way for the Crawford County courthouse....and with that, comes a move. The county is a busy district for court cases, Which is why they have a Pittsburg center, and a Girard center. But with renovations coming to the Girard location...officials had no other choice than to come up with an alternate plans.

The three story courthouse in Girard is about to get a makeover....but is it coming at the right time?

"Crawford County is one of the busiest districts, We are actually suppose to have an additional judge than what we have, so we are super busy as it is." says District Court Judge, Lori Fleming.

Renovations on the courthouse elevator have been put on the back burner for a long time...but now county commissioners have figured out a plan.

"We're trying to make arrangements to move as many offices as we can down to the first floor. District court however will be moved to the city of pittsburg at the judicial center." says Commissioner, Tom Moody.

It will take approximately 6 months to replace the elevator. The new one has a price tag of about $300,000. It's been budgeted for.. And will hopefully last as long, if not longer, than the current one.

"It was put back in the late 1960's, We've utilized several different outfits to work on them and that type of elevator you can't get anyone to work on it." Moody says.

Crawford county district court Judge Lori Fleming says the move for district court to be moved to pittsburg will be a squeeze, but they're willing to make it work.

"We will have 3 judges that use Pittsburg judicial center daily plus a 4th judge that's here twice a month and we also allow groups to use the judicial center, so it's going to be coordinating our courtrooms to make sure we have room for everybody. But logistically with some work I think we'll make it happen." she says.

The project is anticipated to be completed march 1st of 2014. Judge Fleming tells us the third floor of the girard courthouse.. Which includes judicial court and several offices will officially close on September 27th at 4 p-m, and it's off to Pittsburg.
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