Aug 17, 2015 8:23 PM by Charlene Cheng
After more than 15 years of planning, construction on the new $56 million Tehama County Courthouse is well underway.
"When you go by this courthouse when it's completed, you'll know it's a courthouse. Just by seeing the architectural style, just by seeing the grandeur of the edifice, you'll know it's an important building to the community," said Bill Goodwin, Chief Administrator for the county.
The 62,000 square foot facility will house five courtrooms, replacing the existing courthouse on Oak Street, which was built in 1922.
"We could not put a metal detector in there. There's no way to protect the judges in the way they need to be protected in today's society," Goodwin said.
The consolidation is expected to make a big difference for Tehama County Residents.
"Whether you have a civil issue or a criminal issue, or a dispute, it'll all be handled in one building," Goodwin said.
Funding for the project comes from a state senate bill approved in 2009. It's ranked by the judicial branch as an "immediate need."
"I think there wasa recognition that the small counties over the years had been neglected, and it was time to build them consolidated courthouses," Goodwin said.
As for what's happening with the current courthouse, which compromises both of a main building and an annex, he said there's a number of county agencies that need the extra space.
"We have not made a determination as to who will move in there, but it will be in such a way that will better accommodate services to the community," he said.