Possible courthouse move discussed further
by JAMES PHILLIPS
May 07, 2013 | 2390 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Public reaction to a possible relocation of the county’s courthouse has been mixed, according to members of the Walker County Commission.

Commissioners discussed the issue Monday, with District 2 Commissioner Dan Wright saying he would like to rescind his vote at a previous meeting to allow Chairman Billy Luster to explore the possibility of a courthouse move.

The group approved that measure on April 15, citing a new courthouse complex could be built off Airport Road at the old airport property, which is owned by the county.

Wright said Monday he had received countless calls from area citizens who opposed the idea.

“I’ve got so many calls that are not in favor of moving the courthouse,” he said. “I want to rescind my vote on it and let everyone know today that I will not vote for anything if it cost a penny from helping roads.”

District 3 Commissioner Bobby Nunnelley agreed with Wright.

“With all the potholes in my district, they would run me out of town if I agreed to build a courthouse,” he said.

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said he has only received positive feedback from citizens.

“We’re not saying that we are going to move the courthouse,” he said. “We are saying we are exploring that option.”

Davis added that commissioners are also weighing the option of renovating the current courthouse facility.

“We all agree that something has to be done,” he said.

District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt said the construction of the courthouse wouldn’t use funds that could otherwise be used on roads.

“Most likely, any money that we would obtain to build a courthouse couldn’t be used to fix roads,” he said. “It would be funds that would have to used for a courthouse.”

Wright said courthouse facilities are low on storage areas.

“It’s my opinion that we don’t need any more offices for elected officials other than the ones that are already in the courthouse,” he said. “We have a storage problem in almost every area of the courthouse. What we need is a building that can be used for storage.”

In other action, the commission:

• Approved a 100-foot offset disturbance waiver for Cordova-Gorgas Road.