Franklin County Commissioners moving on out of courthouse

October 25, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County will shift several key offices by the end of the year to make way for an additional courtroom.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a 2003 Management Plan this week that includes moving the commissioners office and the Office of the Comptroller out of the Franklin County Courthouse and into the county's Administrative Annex at 218 N. Second. St., Chambersburg, said John Hart, county administrator.

The offices will take over space occupied by the Office of Aging, he said.

The county is near completion of a lease agreement for new space for the Office of Aging. Hart said he could not say where the site will be until the real estate negotiations are finalized.


Hart said he hopes to move the offices and the 17 employees out of the courthouse by the end of the year, although he said it's possible the transition may spill into early 2003.

Once the offices are relocated, the space on the second floor of the Franklin County Courthouse on Lincoln Way East will be turned into a fourth courtroom, judge's chambers, a hearing room and small office for probation officers, Hart said.

The Clerk of Courts office, also on the second floor, will not change.

Construction on the new courtroom will take several months, he said. It will replace the cramped, makeshift courtroom that has been used since a fourth judgeship was created in 1997.

Hart said that eventually the senior center at the Administrative Annex will also move to a new location.

"We're not sure of the time frame. There are more decisions to be made," he said.

The commissioners will use the community room in the annex as their hearing room.

Discussions on shuffling the offices began about a year ago, Hart said.

"Probably by the end of the year we will have more to report," he said.

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