Boone County Commissioner Mickey Brown was the guest speaker at the Madison Rotary Club on February 2. Rotarians were given an update on county projects including the new building under construction behind the courthouse that will house Family Court and other offices, and is expected to be completed by May 2012.
MADISON — The new building under construction behind the Boone County courthouse and adjacent to the courthouse annex will house Family Court offices on the first floor and the sheriff's offices on the second floor. The county commission will move to the third floor, and the basement area will provide much needed space for county records.
An update on the four-story, $4.1 million project that is expected to be completed by May of this year, was provided by Commissioner Mickey Brown when he visited the Madison Rotary Club on February 2.
Brown said providing sufficient space for Family Court is mandated by West Virginia Code. The commission was approached by the Family Court judge and the West Virginia Supreme Court informing the commission that the county was out of compliance in meeting the minimum specifications for space.
Brown said the commission had put aside money for capital projects and that's how the county was able to fund the construction of the building this time.
The Rotarians invited the commissioner to the meeting to talk about the new multi-million dollar structure, and he also spoke about several other on-going services the county plans to continue to improve on in the coming months, not the least of which are water projects.
"One of our top priorities, if not the top one, has been to provide good water to residents in all parts of Boone County, and we're about 95% of that goal," Brown said. "Our next water projects will be in the Cox's Fork and Mud River areas."
Another priority of the commission, Brown said, is to increase the capacity of the present sewer system, which is nearly at capacity now. This is a must for economic development and increased housing.
Other projects touched on by Brown included the solid waste transfer stations, improvements to parks and recreation, the county's seven senior citizens centers, and renovation of the courtroom and the jurors’ room.