- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - A St. Helena Parish engineering official says officials hope to begin work on planned renovations for the parish’s courthouse by this summer.

Morgan Watson, an engineering consultant for the parish, told the parish police jury at its Tuesday meeting that officials plan to advertise for bids no later than April and hope to begin construction shortly thereafter.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1gJSmRp ) plans include renovating the courthouse’s first-floor restrooms, setting up a family courtroom on the second floor and placing the District Attorney’s Office on the third floor. Renovations already completed include repairing the elevator in the courthouse.

Future renovations include upgrading the courthouse to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Juror Major Coleman has said.

The District Attorney’s Office and 21st Judicial District Court judges also have asked for additional courtroom space, Coleman has said. St. Helena’s courthouse has only one courtroom.

Watson told the Police Jury in July that he was hoping for a 2014 completion for the renovations.

The Police Jury learned in July that $400,000 had become available that month to spend on the courthouse project after money the state gave the parish several years ago moved into priority one status, Watson has said.

The parish will continue to look for grants and other sources of funds for the project, Watson said Tuesday.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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