Courthouse project update shared

The latest update on the construction of a new courthouse was shared at a meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners held this week.

The meeting was Tuesday afternoon at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Commissioner Don Denny reported that representatives of the courthouse project's architectural firm, HOK of St. Louis, had again visited Union County last week.

HOK representatives and county officials reviewed architectural drawings for the new courthouse.

Denny said plans are being finalized on the square footage of the new facility.

Representatives of the architectural firm are scheduled to return to Union County on Wednesday, Dec. 15. They will continue discussion with county officials on the project at that time.

In a related matter, the county is expected to close on the purchase of a final piece of property which will be acquired in conjunction with the construction project.

The county is purchasing four pieces of property adjacent to the existing courthouse as part of the project.

Overall, the courthouse construction project is progressing well, Denny said.

In other business at Tuesday's meeting, outgoing commissioner John Garner was recognized for his service on the county board.

Garner was defeated in a bid for reelection in November.

County board chairman Randy Lambdin and fellow commissioner Denny presented Garner with a plaque in recognition of his service.

"I've enjoyed working with you guys," Garner said.

Lambdin thanked Garner for his six years of service as a member of the county board of commissioners.

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