Grant money coming for Courthouse No. 2 engineering study
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.