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  • Council hears two proposals for courthouse annex

  • On April 7th, Milford Borough Council listened to proposals about the courthouse annex, a plan reintroduced by the County and an alternative plan presented by Pike County Historic Preservation Trust.
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  •    On April 7th, Milford Borough Council listened to proposals about the courthouse annex, a plan reintroduced by the County and an alternative plan presented by Pike County Historic Preservation Trust.
         The Council meeting was held at the Pike County Public Library.  Approximately 25 people were in attendance.
       Mike Lamoreaux of McGoey, Hauser and Edsall (MHE), the County's engineer consulting firm presented the plan endorsed by the County Commissioners. It contained some modifications from their plan presented earlier.
         The elaborate presentation included a rendering of the new annex - projected to cost $9.5 million. 
          The  contruction will add an additional 500 square feet of space to the now 300,000 square footage the judicial system presently utilizes, according to Lamoreaux. 
         Pike County Commissioners recommends erecting an annex to create a one entity legal system and cites security and safety reasons as the main concern. The plan includes relocating the Queen-Anne style house known as the Kenworthey building and used for the County Judge's Chambers. The house would be moved to a lot owned by the County next to the Columns Museum.
       The contruction plans did not include diagrams of parking designs. 
         A packet of documents approximately an inch in thickness was distributed to the Milford Borough Council members by MHE.
         Ed Brannon, representing Pike County Historic Preservation Trust, also gave a short presentation to Borough Council. Brannon, the former director at Grey Towers, is the newly elected president of the Trust.
         Brannon explained the Trust's alternative plan which includes a scaled down annex built in back and attached to the Kenworthey building. The goals are to address the County's needs for security while saving taxpayer funds and preserving the iconic, 1890's Kenworthey house in its original site within the National Historic District.
          He stated that the Trust has plans to set up their information room located at 403 Broad Street (above the Patisserie Fauchere bakery) enabling members of the public to view all public documents and proposals on the issue. The documents may be viewed anytime the bakery is open.
        Mr. Brannon also informed the council and members of the commissioner’s office that the Trust is currently in the process of procuring an attorney from Philadelphia to represent their position and interests.  The legal costs would be paid by the Trust and not citizens of Pike County, added Mr. Brannon.    
        Additionally, Mr. Brannon addressing the crowd, explained that because the Kenworthy building was a historical building currently sitting on the property where the new courthouse annex is to be constructed, it could not be moved for a cost of $108,000 to another county-owned property without approval from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.      
    Page 2 of 2 -      James Price, president of the Milford Borough Council abruptly called an end to the discussion at 9:30 p.m.  Stating time constraints, Price suggested the issue between all involved parties be discussed at the next Pike County Commissioners’ meeting.
       The presentations were made for the Council's information and were not considered formal. The County must first take their plan before the Borough Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission, both which make recommendations to Council.
        FOR OTHER MEETING ITEMS, SEE THE WEEKEND NEWS EAGLE.

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