A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
september 30, 1974
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in special session to approve the tentative Budget for the 1974-1975 Fiscal Year and to discuss the Courthouse Complex with the Architects. Present were: James R. Carson, Chairman, Thomas J. Windram, C. A. Deems, Glenn C. Burhans, and J. M. Hoskinson. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Doris Babb, Deputy-in-Chief of the Finance Department.
The Invocation was given by James C. Watkins, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Chairman, James R. Carson.
The Clerk stated that proof of publication of the tentative Budget for this Fiscal Year had been received and was on file.
Discussion was held. On a motion by Commr. Deems seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, the Board approved and adopted the tentative Budget for the 1974-1975 Fiscal Year as presented.
Mr. Ford, County Attorney, presented to the Board the Addendum to the Architects’ Contract with the County. On a motion by Commr. Deems seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, the Board accepted and approved the Addendum to the Contract as presented and authorized the Chairman and Clerk to sign same.
Mr. Jack Jones, Architect in joint venture with Gutmann, Dragash and Matz, requested that the official name of the project be named The Lake County Courthouse. On a motion by Commr. Deems seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved that the previously known building named the new Administration Building be now known as the Lake County Courthouse.
At this time the Architects presented to the Board the Preliminary Design of the Judicial Floors of the Lake County Courthouse. Discussion was held as to the position of the entrances of the Judges and prisoners into the Courtrooms, the elimination of the exhibit table and the possibility of having an Attorney’s Conference Room. Chief Judge John Booth was present at this portion of the meeting. On a motion by Commr. Deems seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously the Board approved the Preliminary Design of the Judicial Floors, subject to the committee’s approval of the discussed changes. The Chairman was authorized to sign the Preliminary Design Plans.
The County Attorney requested authority to have an appraisal of the Duncan property and building in order to have on record that it was more economical for the County to move the building in question rather than purchase it for destruction. On a motion by Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried, the above request was approved; if the County Attorney finds that it is necessary.
contracts and agreements
Mr. Ford reported to the Board that he had encountered some difficulty negotiating with Mr. Hurston regarding the rental of his building for the temporary placement of the offices in the Pioneer Building. At this time Mr. Harry Nies, Chief Deputy of Records, appeared before the Board and reported on the progress made in obtaining other rental offices. He stated that there is a possibility of obtaining more space at a lesser price to the County. On a motion by Commr. Burhans seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, the Board directed the County Attorney and Clerk to develop and finalize a lease agreement on the new property if possible.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.