Mt. Vernon Register-News


November 12, 2013

Town hall meetings winding down


If it goes to referendum people will decide. It's up to the people."

Jim Engeman of M360, the company the county hired to inspect the courthouse and make recommendations, has presented an overview of the proposed project at the town hall meetings.

Edwards said whatever recommendation the committee forwards to the full board for consideration will be based on the feedback from the public meetings.

"I want to do whatever the people want to do, but that doesn't change the fact we need to do something with the courthouse," Edwards offered.

None of the previous four meetings have been recorded, although White suggested the committee put the meetings on the Internet or the county's web site. Administrative Assistant Suzy Tate has been at all the meetings, taking notes, according to Edwards.

White also suggested the committee allow the public to take tours of the courthouse to view firsthand some of the repairs that need immediate attention. Edwards said due to "concerns from officeholders," the tours will probably not be given.

The committee was given a date of Dec. 1 to make recommendations to the full board.

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