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New district judge office will free up space

July 21, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - After Oct. 1, employees in Magisterial District Judge Larry G. Pentz's office on the second floor of the Borough Hall will no longer have to stand sideways when a coworker passes by in the hall.

Pentz and his four employees are leaving their small office for larger space in a building under construction at 22 N. Oller Ave. in Washington Township.

The builder, Waynesboro developer Ronnie Martin, will lease the 3,000-square-foot, one-story building to the Franklin County Commissioners for $3,100 a month, including utilities, Pentz said.

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The building is expected to be finished by Oct. 1. The lease runs for five years.

The county commissioners provide office space for the county's magisterial district judges.

They pay Waynesboro $260 a month for Pentz's 1,100-square-foot office, according to county records. Pentz handles cases in Waynesboro and Washington Township. His office has rented space from the borough since the early 1970s, he said.

He uses the Borough Council's second-floor meeting room as his courtroom.

The council asked Pentz to vacate the office earlier this year to make room for badly needed space for the Waynesboro Police Department.

The police department, which occupies space on the first floor of the Borough Hall, needs more room, borough officials have said.

Pentz said he would have preferred to have his office remain in the borough, but suitable space could not be found.

"I go where the county tells me to go," he said. "No matter where we went, it was going to cost more."

The courtroom in Pentz's new building measures 14 feet by 28 feet. His office is adjacent to the courtroom.

Visitors will enter the building from a door on the south side where they will be greeted by an employee at the payment window.

There will be a large main office area, a file room, small conference room, a secure area for prisoners, a public waiting area, break room and public and employee restrooms.

Pentz said he had a say in the design of the building.

Parking will be available for up to 15 cars.

Employees in Pentz's office include Vicky Bryner, office manager and secretaries Nancy Walter, Kelly Fore and Tammy Hess.

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