Justice Court building shaping up

By Charlotte Graham, countyreporter@laurelleadercall.com Laurel Leader-Call The Laurel Leader-Call Tue Nov 23, 2010, 10:07 AM CST

ELLISVILLE — Jones County’s new Justice Court building is beginning to take shape on Highway 11 near Ellisville.

“We are pretty much on schedule with the Justice Court building,” said County Engineer Ronnie Clark. “The steel structure components have come in and have been erected. The weather has been cooperating and we are pretty much where we need to be at his point.”

Construction of the 10,000-square-foot facility began shortly after the bid was awarded to Chris Albritton Construction Co. of Laurel in June. The company submitted the lowest bid for the $1.5 million project.

Clark said that once completed, the facility will house the justice court, including the offices of the three justice court judges and their staff.

“This building will take the place of rented property where the justice court is currently located in downtown Laurel,” said Clark. “The justice court is currently operating out of the old Kress Building in downtown.”

The projected completion date for the justice court building is May 2011.

Andy Dial, president of the Jones County Board of Supervisors, said he is pleased with the progress that’s being made on the building. “I just wish we could speed things up,” he said. “This is something we’ve been trying to get done for quite a while.”