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Hancock County Courthouse renovations

Updated: Thursday, November 28 2013, 03:33 PM EST


They've been talking about it for years and the major renovations have officially started at the Hancock County Courthouse, which will make it handicap accessibleinside, plus release some of the congestion by adding more parking.

President of the Hancock County Commission, Danny Greathouse, said he is most excited that the renovations to the courthouse won't cost the tax payers a dime.

"The great news for the citizens of Hancock County is that all the money is saved. It's going to run us about $7,000,000 and we've had about $12,000,000 put away," said Greathouse.

He said they continued to save money over the years until they felt that they've saved enough to do some major improvements to the courthouse.

"Well we are going to build a new office of emerging management and a 911 dispatch center. We;re going to build that and it's going to run us about $3 million to $4 million. We're looking at two sites to build it on and we have bids out there but we're still looking and seeing what we're doing to do there," said Greathouse.

He said hopefully construction will begin in the spring time for this project.

Some of the other renovations include putting in a brand new secure entrance in which construction has already begun.

Greathouse said it’s in the process of hiring 10 to 12 part-time security officers to have 24-hour security at the courthouse.

They also have purchased the Dollar General store in downtown New Cumberland and plan on putting the Magistrate Court there, which should begin in the spring.

He said they're also looking to build a new Health Department where the old Senior Center used to be.

"We're pretty excited to get it done and it won't cost the tax payers anything and the citizens of Hancock County will be proud," said Greathhouse.

They also plan to go in and build a handicap elevator in the courthouse too.

Hancock County Courthouse renovations

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