The Nevada County Court House Project is moving forward. Executive Director, Sean Matroka received word from the California court facilities working group, which provides oversight of the entire judicial branch facilities program for the state. Matroka says the Monday meeting recommended cost reductions for the next fiscal year including cutting 2 projects.
“Their recommendation is to include ours in the projects that will go forward out of the 41 projects they recommended canceling. Two of those were Alpine and Sierra Counties and they happen to be the two smallest counties and courts in the state. The rationale is that they may have some other options to solve their primary issues without actually building a new building.”
The Judicial council will continue to evaluate all the projects for cost cutting opportunities as the projects move forward. The Nevada County Court house is still in the site acquisition phase, an early phase in the process according to Matroka who is now looking at how this decision will affect the time line of the project.
“We just need to be able to get approval to acquire property and then would go on to the design phase.”
The working group’s recommendations are expected to be considered by the judicial council at its December 31st meeting. The council can accept, modify or reject the recommendations.