Brown County Courthouse Preparing For Renovation

The building has been standing for more than a century and is in need of several upgrades.

Brown County officials are preparing the courthouse for renovations.

Since the Brown County courthouse was built in the late 1800s, County Commissioner President John Kennard says there has been very little preventative maintenance done on the building because of financial and budget constraints.

“So when you start looking at the storage issues, the space issues, you start looking at heating and air conditioning efficiency issues, it just continues to mount,” Kennard says.

County Administrator Michael Thompson says the courthouse also needs some roof work, a larger jury deliberation room, and more storage space for the clerk’s office.

“I believe that technology needs to be used for storage of records for paperwork. We’re in that digital age. I know there are some legal ramifications about how long actual paper has to be kept,” he says. “That’s why we have books over there that go back to the 1800s.

Thompson says construction will likely begin in 2013 or 2014.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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