New Offices Planed for County
LIBERTY, November 28, 2016 – Liberty County Commissioners held a workshop Monday afternoon to discuss plans for a new county facility to solve the overcrowding and future needs for office space.
The plan would involve remodeling of the old HEB Grocery store in Liberty for offices for several county departments currently housed in the courthouse and three other county owned buildings in Liberty as well moving county offices from leased buildings.
A floor plan was presented at the meeting for the old HEB Store as well as a plan for how the County may acquire the building in a turnkey project from the property owner.
Much of the discussion surrounded the District and County Court at Law to be left in the courthouse including the County and District Clerk’s Offices.
Due to growth and workload legislative approval needs to be requested for a second County Court at Law to handle family law matters and some of the space vacated by the Tax Office and other offices will need to be turned into new space for the court.
The issue of security at the courthouse and the new facilities in the old HEB Store will need to be addressed according to courthouse personnel.
It was generally agreed that a second workshop needs to be held perhaps in another part of the county to present the plan and receive input from taxpayers.