Grant money com­ing for Court­house No. 2 en­gi­neer­ing study

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Polk County’s court­houses have stood through decades in Cedar­town, mainly un­changed from the first built in the 1800s, and the sec­ond built dur­ing the first half of the 20th cen­tury.

As the years have worn on, they’ve been home to jury tri­als and land deals, mar­riages and le­gal trans­ac­tions of all kinds. Those years have taken their toll on the Court­houses No. 1 and No. 2, to the point now where county of­fi­cials are hop­ing to get help up­dat­ing the build- ings to en­sure they’re able to serve the pub­lic in the years to come.

That’s a mis­sion Com­mis­sioner Jen­nifer Hulsey has un­der­taken with the bless­ing of her fel­low com­mis­sion­ers, and with the help of a $7,500 Georgia Her­itage grant, a study will be com­pleted to see what needs to be done to bring at least one of these build­ings into the 21st cen­tury.

“I think our whole board wants to see those court­houses where they should be, and our hope is to get it ac­com­plished as soon as pos­si­ble to bet­ter serve the cit­i­zens of Polk County,” she said.

Ini­tially, the grant was ap­plied for fol­low­ing a tour with the North­west Georgia Re­gional Com­mis­sion se­nior plan­ner Kevin McAuliff, who Hulsey said helped with the pa­per­work and fig­ur­ing out the ini­tial scope of the work needed.

“The bones and the struc­ture are great, but over time the build­ing

has de­te­ri­o­rated in sev­eral dif­fer­ent ar­eas,” she said.

Hulsey said the first round of grant money for the study, which will bring in a struc­tural en­gi­neer to lay out ex­actly what fixes need to be com­pleted for Court­house No. 2, should be com­ing to the county in the next few weeks.

The county will have to match the grant with $5,000 lo­cally to com­plete the study.

Once the pa­per­work is done, Hulsey said the goal is to then seek out grant money to help with the re­pairs Court­house No. 2 will need via his­toric preser­va­tion grants and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

She said a fo­cus is also go­ing to be turned to get­ting grant money for a study of Court­house No. 1 and what re­pairs are needed there as well.

Ini­tially the county was hop­ing to re­ceive a larger amount of grant money for stud­ies of both court­houses, but Hulsey ex­plained that Court­house No. 1 doesn’t fall un­der the guide­lines for seek­ing out the same his­toric preser­va­tion stud­ies.

“Our hope is to make both of our court house build­ings some­thing that Polk County can be proud of,” Hulsey said.

Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously dur­ing the Oc­to­ber ses­sion to ap­prove the grant money.

Polk County Court­house No. 2 will soon be the fo­cus of an en­gi­neer­ing study.

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