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Hancock County commissioners approve large projects

Updated: Friday, November 8 2013, 12:09 AM EST

By: Ryan Eldredge

Hancock County, WV --

Some big news for Hancock County as commissioners give the green light on a few projects that will drastically change the Hancock County courthouse facilities.


On Thursday commissioners met to pass the motion. The projects that were approved will cost the county seven million dollars. But the best part is that they are already paid for.


"The announcement is what sets up the Hancock County courthouse facilities for the next 20 to 30 years," said Commissioner Dan Greathouse.


That means residents can say goodbye to several outdated facilities and the troubles they had getting in and out of the Hancock County courthouse facilities.


Among the projects are a new magistrate court, a new health department, and a new 9-1-1 center and Office of Emergency Management.


"It's a big deal for us it's a seven million dollar project which we're going to pay for,” said Greathouse. “And we’re not raising taxes or doing anything like that."


The magistrate court will go in at the old dollar general store and the health department on the property next door. The site for the 9-1-1 center hasn't been selected just yet.


"It's down to two sites and we'll have that decision made within a couple weeks as we run through some final prelims on it," said Greathouse.


The seven million dollars will also be used to improve security at the existing courthouse, which will still be in use.


"We'll be putting a new secure entrance on there and hiring 10 to 12 part time security officers to take care of the front entrance of the courthouse," said Greathouse.


The only question left is where the money came from. “We took video lottery dollars and every month we put in our savings account and we saved 12 million dollars,” said Greathouse. “We'll still leave almost four million in our rainy day fund."    


Commissioners say they hope to start construction early next year.


Hancock County commissioners approve large projects

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