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Gary Murphy and Mike Young remove fence posts in the former exercise yard across from the old county jail.
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Gary Murphy and Mike Young remove fence posts in the former exercise yard across from the old county jail.

Morgan courthouse to get 35-40 new parking places

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

Congested parking around the Morgan County Courthouse on court days will be eased soon, decreasing the wait for people trying to find a space.

County workers removed fencing from an area that inmates used for recreation when they were in the old county jail adjacent to the courthouse.

Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Lindley said a contractor will prepare the parking lot.

“We’ll have someone to come in to reseal the pavement and do the striping,” Lindley said. “We don’t have the equipment to do it.”

They will paint parking spaces in the front area of the lot, according to County Commission Chairman John Glasscock.

The Sheriff’s Department will keep the back portion of the area, which is divided by a fence. Sheriff’s vehicles are parked there next to the department mechanic’s shop on Davis Street Northeast.

Within the next couple of weeks, 35 to 40 additional parking spaces should be available to the public.

“I would think that they would be finished in the next week or so and then we’ll make it available for parking,” Glasscock said. There will be no restricted parking in the designated area.

Parking for the courthouse has become an increasing problem over the years. During certain times of the day, people circle both parking lots in front and back of the courthouse trying to find a space. Some people have had to wait as long as 15 minutes before space became available. Parking is usually available in the overflow lot across the street on the south side of the courthouse.

Located across from the old jail, the new parking area was a parking lot before it became a recreation yard for inmates in 2001.

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