Grand Jury has concerns about courthouse
Feb 11, 2014 | 1499 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the August 2013 term of the Murray County Grand Jury returned 48 indictments (listed on page A-5) and 16 No Bills, which means those cases were not deemed strong enough to be prosecuted.

Grand jury members are also tasked with inspecting county government buildings and found fault with the Murray County Courthouse building.

According to the findings:

“During our service as Grand Jurors we were involved in the inspection of the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court. The Clerk, Donna Flood and her staff were knowledgeable and courteous, answering any and all questions with the utmost professionalism. During the walk through we were concerned aboutmthe security of the records area. Fire suppression systems seemed to be lacking or non-existant, but that wasn’t our biggest concern. Documents and records did not appear to be secure, because they are kept in a vault that has windows on the outside. They also appeared to be vulnerable to loss due to fire because they are not stored in fire rated cabinets.

“The Courthouse, in our opinion, should reflect the County of Murray. The Courthouse itselfis in a state of disrepair. There are cracks in the walls throughout the plasterwork. There are unrepaired screw holes in the walls, exposed electrical and speaker wires on the walls. There is no wheelchair access to the main Courtroom. There is no fire suppression system in the Courthouse Building. We are aware that the Murray County Courthouse is a building that is entering its 100th year and as such should be protected as a Historical Building. However, if the above listed concerns cannot be addressed and keep the building historically esthetic, then another building should be constructed up to current building codes.”

These Grand Jury findings are not binding, but recommendations to county officials.