[Source: “Vote ‘yes’ to update courthouse,” Press Citizen, 17 April 2013, by Renee and Joe Hanrahan]
The Johnson County historic courthouse was designed and built in the year 1899-1900 and dedicated in 1901. By 1900 standards this was a proud, modern building with electric lights, steam heating and large high-ceiling windows for ventilation.
Today, 112 years later, there is a new plan to update this antiquated building to provide for today’s much-needed technological needs in today’s times.
Additional courtrooms and client meeting areas cannot come fast enough, as part of a modern jail that will provide efficiencies and outreach programming. The courthouse, jail and sheriff’s department need to operate effectively and closely together rather than down the street from one another.
It seems like cities and school districts are always remodeling or building new facilities, adding classrooms, sporting arenas and fire stations.
It’s time for Johnson County residents to upgrade and build our justice center.
Vote yes for Johnson County’s future.
Renee and Joe Hanrahan