- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - The Crown Point City Court has been asked to vacate the historic Lake County Courthouse by the end of August after using the building for 40 years.

City Judge Kent Jeffirs told The Times of Northwest Indiana (https://bit.ly/2aBYao2 ) that the Lake Court House Foundation sent him a letter July 18 giving notice of the termination of the lease.

The court currently pays a monthly rent of $1,000 to use a courtroom and small office. Court sessions are held every Tuesday for incidents involving local traffic tickets, small time thefts or battery without serious injury.

“It was quite a surprise,” Jeffirs said. “You would think a community court and a community building would warrant some discussion if they are planning on changing. I have not received any calls or notifications from the foundation. I’m disappointed they took action without talking to the mayor or the judge.”

The president of the foundation board, Marty Wheeler, said the city hasn’t talked to the board. She said the court has been paid for rent on a month-to-month basis for several years, but declined to comment further on the situation.

Jeffirs said he asked Wheeler if he could speak to the board and was told that it wasn’t possible. He said the only communication he’s had with the board was when it asked the court to pay for a broken toilet two years ago.

Jeffirs said he expects to find a new location in time to get the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety’s approval by its Aug. 10 meeting.


Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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