Long Delayed Building Repairs Completed

 

Most of our criminal justice system is centered at the Hall of Justice (HOJ). It is home to the county prosecutor, the county sheriff, the county clerk, the District and the Superior Courts (with 8 judges and seven courtrooms). Even the Department of Corrections has a few programs there. Plus the 911 Comm Center and the Department of Emergency Management are in its basement. But it is an aging facility built in the mid-1970s with an HVAC system that was poorly designed and a totally inadequate electrical system that regularly fails to allow modern computer technology to function adequately.

 

However, in the past several years we commissioners have poured millions of dollars into improvements – from a new roof to refurbished courtrooms with improved audio-visual capacity. After several studies, we commissioners finally agreed these projects were far cheaper than razing the HOJ and starting over.

 

We have also poured resources into other facilities, including vital roof repairs at the Museum, the Health and Human Services Building, and several road department shops. Plus we have begun planning for a new morgue to replace the undersized, former single-family house that not only combines various fumes and odors with regular ventilation, but also has no room to respect the privacy of family members suffering from the tragic loss of loved ones. As our population continues to age, this decision, again while expensive, will only get more expensive if we continue to delay.

WEBER'S EXPERIENCE GETS THINGS DONE

weber4cowlitz.org             Authorized and Paid for by Weber For County Commissioner, PO Box 1042, Longview WA 9862