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.