Closer Look Wrap Up: 1/15/14
After a failed attempt at a bond to build a new Ector County Courthouse, new solutions are being scouted to fix the problems that plague the current facility.
Earlier this week county commissioners once again renewed discussions on how to make way for a newer and safer courthouse...
Officials say the current building is cramped, doesn't meet modern security protocol and the building itself is showing signs of wear. Which isn't surprising for a building built more than 90 years ago.
This time around commissioners are hoping to better handle what many claimed was the reason for the bond's failure on November's ballot, a lack of public awareness.
We sat down with Ector County Judge Susan Redford on what is the next step. She said they are working to get input from a variety of different firms including architectural and engineering to see different options for the courthouse. Once they get those recommendations they will gather input from citizens on what the solution to the courthouse should be. She said it is too early in the process of deciding if a new building or fixing the current courthouse is the solution. She also said they are reaching out to the groups that were both for and against the bond proposal to get their feedback. She said if you would like to be involved feel free to contact her at432-498-4100.