Courthouse annex to stay, county to push SRO issue

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

MOUND CITY – After a 20-minute executive session for legal advice on Monday, Nov.22, the Linn County commissioners came out with no action from the session.

Shortly afterwards, the commissioners approved a motion to keep the annex building and add more parking on the west side of the new justice building.

As part of the original plan for the justice building, the courthouse annex was to be torn down to provide necessary parking for when court was in session. In recent weeks it had become clear that commissioners were leaning away from demolishing the building, which houses the commission meeting room as well as planning and zoning and public works offices.

Then another motion was made for Linn County Counselor Gary Thompson to again send letters to the school districts about helping the county with the School Resource Officer (SRO) programs. Thompson will bring a draft letter for the commissioner’s approval on Monday.

Earlier this year, commissioners asked school districts to each purchase a new car to defray county expenses for the SRO programs. None of the districts has come forward to provide those funds yet.

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