A jail expansion. A women’s shelter. A bridge over the White River. More roundabouts.Hamilton County has about $50 million in reserves to help fund those projects and others. The Hamilton County Commissioners, who are the executive branch of county government, met Monday to discuss their highest priorities from a long list of potential projects over the next several years. They plan to review the list with the Hamilton County Council, the funding branch of county government, in coming weeks.They identified these preliminary projects:What: The commissioners want to build a three-story addition to the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center, which was built in 1992 along the White River in downtown Noblesville. The county would move the auditor, recorder, assessor and treasurer offices located in the historic courthouse, which was built in 1879, into the new building. The county also would create a seventh superior court to handle an increasing criminal and civic case load.Cost: The initial estimate was at least $22 million, but the expansion could cost more. The commissioners want to fund a $540,000 study to determine the specific size and scope of the project.Timeline: As soon as possible.Historic courthouse: No decisions have been made for the future use of the historic courthouse, which was refurbished in 1992, but the county has… Read full this story
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