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Cosby airs concerns on courthouse design

SoVaNow.com / September 01, 2016
Among those expressing concerns about the design of the $18 million Courthouse Project is the county constitutional officer who presides at the building — Halifax County Clerk of Court Cathy Cosby.

Cosby said she worries there will not be enough space to store historical court records under the plan as now conceived.

“My concern is for the records of Halifax County that go all the way back to 1752, and where we are going to put them,” Cosby said. “How is everything going to fit?”

According to Cosby, the layout for the renovated courthouse does not offer enough storage space for records, which will have to be moved off site. Cosby said she has voiced her concerns to the architects in the past, yet the plans that she has seen provide insufficient storage room.

Cosby also said she wants to see the historical areas of the courthouse preserved in their current state.

“I am concerned. I never thought that they should change the historical part of the courthouse, which I consider the courtroom but also the clerk’s office,” Cosby explained. “If you come through the clerk’s office there are these big windows, and I hate to see that change.

“It is a beautiful courthouse, the old part. It breaks my heart that it’s going to be changed.”

In addition to employees and citizens that visit the courthouse for judicial business, many others are drawn by the building’s other important uses.

“We have a lot of citizens that come to the clerk’s office every day,” Cosby said. “We have title researchers, attorneys, and the general public. We have people that come from all over the United States to visit here, because our records date back so far. And they need access to them.

“The records are my main concern, and where we are going to put them. I’ve lived here in Halifax County all my life, and they’re very important to me.

“We have cabinets with books in them. Will we have to get something different? I’m sure there are things out there that help conserve space, but no one has spoken to me about all of this.

“Of course, as of right now, we don’t have any idea where we may move to during these renovations. It’s all kind of up in the air.”



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records scmeckords. Who cares about the records. THis is about progress. AS long as the judges get large cozy offices with the latest fear porn safety equipment we don't give a crap about the county records. This is about progress and once we let the Mary Bethune building cave in on itself due to nonexistent upkeep we too- county employees will get a brand new building so prepare for more tax increases while you live from paycheck to paycheck. The system is your master.

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Yep I told you so. But everyone thought that davis and that young kid were the end all be all to save us. Bank, who people said was crazy was right, now look what you have.


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