RC purchases space for more county courthouse room

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The RC Commissioners voted to approve the purchase of three tracts of land in the Town of Rutherfordton. The county bought the 3 tracts of property at 270 N. Toms Street at the purchase price of $203,500 from Dr. Louis and Cynthia Gadol.

The contract makes the purchase contingent upon funding for this property. That amount was included as part of the $6.9 million approved earlier in the evening by the commissioners to cover the new Applied Sciences Building at ICC, the repair of two roofs and jail improvements.

The Administrative Office of the Courts was said to have approved the position of a fourth judge due to the heavy workload of cases in Rutherford County. The Clerk of Court would need to accommodate additional space. There is also consideration of the limited parking spaces around the courthouse.

The building has been used as a medical provider facility and is conveniently located on the backside of downtown Rutherfordton and it also adjoins the city park. There is a lobby/reception area w/2 unisex restrooms, main office area, kitchen/break room, conference room, 7 private offices, 8 bathrooms, w/d hookup, and full basement. Freshly painted inside and out. Heat pump is appx. 10 yrs old & roof is appx. 6 yrs old. Intercom & security system. Plenty of closets and storage space. Also plenty of parking spaces. Some fruit trees have been planted on the property.

The plan is to move one of the two departments not directly related to courtroom proceedings – the Tax Office or the Clerk of Deeds. The purchase is planned to be closed 30 days after the inspection period has concluded.


One Response to RC purchases space for more county courthouse room

  1. Joe M. Simmons 04/11/2017 at 9:10 am

    Wonder if the Staff at Rutherfordton has factored out the loss of their tax base with all the Town’s and now County’s acquisitions?

    Of course, they don’t have to worry with the present Council, who approved the third TIEC grant, this time $360K, when told that there would be no costs to the Town. When a Citizen read the same reports, a 5% match was discovered! $18,000 and not explained, no Town Attorney response or Council Member discussion before approving? Wonder if depreciation is a cost?

    Is the Town Manager acting as an agent for TIEC, because the administrative duties for the grant will be his responsibility? Its another example of spending without any financial benefit to the Town for this internal collection system in Polk County who will get the jobs!

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