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County to buy property for court parking

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County Fiscal Court voted Jan. 26 to pursue the purchase of land adjacent to the Wheeler Hall of Justice, 802 Clay Street, to develop paved space for overflow parking. The vote came after an executive session to discuss the parking situation at the court facility.

“We’re negotiating with a property owner to buy a half-acre or so adjacent to the hall of justice,” Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said. “We’ll go through the Administrative Office of the Courts to get the funding to make the purchase. The money won’t come out of the county budget.”

Parking space at the facility is very limited, Tomlinson said, and often those who attend court sessions are forced to park on the street.

The judge has received some estimates on the value of the property under consideration, and has a “rough estimate” on the cost of the work involved to grade and pave the lot, he said yesterday. Tomlinson has submitted those figures to the Administrative Office of the Courts for their consideration.

“I have received supporting letters from the Circuit Court judge and the District Court judges,” Tomlinson said, “so that should help” positively influence a decision by the AOL. “By the end of this week we should hear something from them.”