Hall County Board votes to move forward with standalone courthouse

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Published: Aug. 1, 2023 at 4:03 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hall County Board of Commissioners took another step forward in figuring out what to do with the limited space they face at the Hall County Courthouse.

The board voted 5-2 during its meeting Tuesday to pursue a standalone courthouse facility on the same campus. They had also looked at doing an addition to the existing courthouse but pursued this option instead.

Board Chair Ron Peterson said they are still putting together preliminary estimates and plans. He said at the board’s next meeting, they will hear information from its bond company, but said that this issue will have to go to a vote of the people.

The board will also have to determine how they will utilize the existing courthouse once the new standalone one is complete.

Right now, the current courthouse doesn’t have enough space as a new judge is expected to start next month. Peterson said they have come up with a temporary solution for the judge, planning to use the annex building where the Veteran Service Office is located, south of the courthouse.

Local4 will be getting more information this week on this temporary solution as they work through the courthouse problem they face.