Courthouse feasibility study kickoff meeting date set

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The Brown County Courthouse, undated photo. Frank Hohenberger

A group will meet to discuss the next steps in what to do about the historic Brown County Courthouse next week.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Citizens Feasibility Study Committee, court departments, local attorneys, the prosecutor, judge, law enforcement members and county officials will get together to share information. It is not a public hearing, the meeting announcement said.

In October, the Brown County Commissioners hired DLZ Engineering to study the future of the county’s justice needs for the 20 to 40 years.

DLZ will conduct a series of public meetings once the initial study information is gathered, commissioner Diana Biddle said in an email invitation to the meeting.

The kickoff meeting with the Justice Center Committee will include a presentation on the overall process for developing the study, a discussion of expectations, and development of a vision statement for the project.

After user group interviews and site visits are complete, DLZ will have 30 to 45 days to come up with a plan and present that to the commissioners, Biddle said.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.