Fannin County officials review final plans for new Justice Center
FANNIN CO, Texas (KTEN) — Fannin County officials have working towards a new Justice Center for six years now.
"It's going to be a functional center where our courts are going to be located, and we are excited about the opportunities," said Fannin County Judge Newt Cunningham.
The new Justice Center will go on the site of the former Brookshire's supermarket at the corner of State Highway 78 and US 82 in Bonham.
Currently, court is held at the Fannin County South Annex.
"We have been in temporary corridors, which weren't functional for criminal Justice Center," said District Attorney Richard Glaser. "Our courtrooms aren't good at all."
The goal is for county employees to operate more efficiently.
"We are spread out now," Glaser explained. "I am at a old cable plant; so is the county clerk. The district clerk is down at the old depot. Judge Blake is at a tag center."
Improved security is a priority.
"We don't have a holdover; we have some dangerous people that we end up prosecuting, and emotions run high in district court cases," Glaser said.
Although the price tag isn't finalized, the county is hoping to not go over $11 million.
"They spent close to $30 million for the restoration of the courthouse, and only 17 people are in this courthouse now," Glaser said.
Fannin County officials hope to finalize the design and the price of the project next week.