The Clarion County commissioners on Tuesday night presented to Clarion Borough Council plans for a renovation of the Clarion County Courthouse and the construction of a three-story courthouse annex.
The estimated cost of the project stands at about eight million dollars.
C-93 Radio host Ron Wilshire reports that an insurance inspection of the former jail building which now houses the Office of Emergency Services and the county’s 9-1-1 headquarters prompted the county’s insurance carrier to declare they could not continue to cover the contents of the structure.
Earlier estimates for a rehabilitation project for the courthouse building alone had ranged between $11 million and $12 million. Under the new plan, the offices in the former jail building and offices in three buildings the county is renting, including domestic relations, probation and the public defender’s office, would all be moved into the new annex. The register and recorder and assessment offices would also move into the new structure.
On Tuesday, Clarion Borough Council expressed their support of the plan, and requested information on when the county was planning to move ahead with it.