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Friday, May 10, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Some Brown County Residents Protest Courthouse Remodel Bonds"

Looking at the photo accompanying this article made me realize I'd never seen (or perhaps never noticed) the Brown County Courthouse. From the story at Indiana Public Media, written by Kyle Clayton, which begins:

Some Brown County residents are banding together to protest more than $6.5 million in bonds the county commissioners gave preliminary approval to pay for the expansion of the county courthouse.

Residents are concerned about the costs and designs proposed by two architectural firms, Perdue Architectural Design Studio and Miller Architects. Petitioner Ruth Reichmann says Miller’s proposal, which was completed free of charge and is cheaper than Perdue’s, was shot down by the commissioners without good cause. So she began circulating a petition.

“So that the Brown County Citizens can decide which ones they want or that maybe adjustments can be made and maybe the price can be brought down because it seems very high.” Reichmann says.

If 100 people sign petitions by May 10th, a new set of signatures will be needed initiating what’s called a remonstrance. Those backing the bond and those against it will race for 30 days to see which camp gathers more signatures.

“It’s like a game, it’s like whoever gets the highest score wins,” County Administrator Mike Thompson says.

Thompson says Miller’s proposal isn’t as in-depth as Perdue’s and that offering the county a free proposal hoping to get the work later isn’t a good way to do business.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 10, 2013 09:10 AM
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