LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Files, employees and visitors pack the Tippecanoe County Courthouse five days a week. Commissioner David Byers said office space in the building will only get smaller as the community grows.
"We're looking for current office space and long term," Byers said.
County commissioners are looking at a building on the east side of the courthouse to provide more office space to what they call crowded courthouse offices.
"You can see we basically have staff on top of staff," Byers said. "It's little cubicles, it's places where if a client is sitting talking to a public defender, it's not a quiet place for them."
Byers said the county had the building at 111 North Fourth Street appraised at $1.3 million. The owner of the building, Kentland Bank, will also have it appraised.
Byers said the price will most likely be the middle of the two appraisals.
Before any offices move, or a building is even purchased, commissioners need the county council members on board.
"The days of buying property because you may need it are over," Tippecanoe County Council President Roland Winger said. "We need to identify clearly what our space need is. We also need to identify why this building is the best solution."
"We haven't really hammered through the building like what is it going to take for us get it up to hopefully our standards," Byers said.
Byers said he and the other commissioners will go through the building and meet to continue discussions about the building.
He hopes in the next month they can start talking to council members.
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