- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Hall County supervisors have agreed to submit an application to take over ownership of the Federal Building in Grand Island.

The Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/1NTkvrZ ) reports that the supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday. The county has until late January to submit the application to be eligible for a possible no cost transfer of the federal property to a local government.

According to the application, the county would use the first floor of the structure for the Child Support Division of the Hall County Attorney’s Office. The second floor would be used for juvenile court, including a courtroom, offices, judges’ chambers and jury room or jury assembly room space.

The county plans to use the basement for storing county records, so that the current storage unit can be demolished.

Supervisor Jane Richardson said the building that was originally built in 1909 as a post office and courthouse.

Supervisor Doug Lanfear expressed reservation about the county owning the structure and warned that even if the building was acquired for no cost, they would still have to deal with renovations and upkeep. Lanfear serves on the county’s facilities committee, which oversees all county buildings and property.

“They’re buildings, unless someone is there taking care of it, they deteriorate very rapidly,” he said. “Even though I don’t want it, I think Hall County’s going to have to take it.”

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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