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Lawrence moving 3 county offices

By Nancy Glasscock
nglasscock@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Three county offices will change locations during the next six months, the Lawrence County Commission decided Monday.

In an effort to clear space on the first floor of the courthouse, the commission unanimously approved a motion by District 2 Commissioner John Terry to move the property tax office to the second floor of the Courthouse Annex and the Department of Veterans Affairs into the basement of Courthouse Annex II.

Both offices are moving to new locations within their current building.

The motor vehicle tag office, currently on the main floor of the courthouse, will move into the first floor of the Courthouse Annex.

The basement will have to be made handicap-accessible, Chairman Bradley Cross said.

State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk filed an order July 5 that threatened to shut down the courthouse for failing to comply with state fire and building codes. He said last week county officials are correcting the fire hazards.

Cross said some of the clutter has been removed, and the courthouse is looking "a little better," but more improvement is needed.

"There's a lot of stuff thrown around that doesn't need to be in the courthouse," he said. "We need that stuff out."

To free additional space, records are being stored at the old jail, but old computers and packaging materials also end up there, Cross said. Commissioners told county workers during the meeting to clear out anything that doesn't belong at the old jail.

"If it's junk, it doesn't need to slow down at the old jail, it needs to go to the landfill," Cross said. "We need to do a little house cleaning over there."

The commission will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday with an architect to discuss courthouse renovations.

County Administrator Linda Harville said Revenue Commissioner Tommy Praytor would probably talk with commissioners and have some authority over where his employees are moved.

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