Courthouse Remodeling Plans Discussed - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Courthouse Remodeling Plans Discussed

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

Yellowstone County Commissioners are revamping their plans to retrofit the existing courthouse. Commissioner John Ostlund says the new plan is cheaper and smarter.

Instead of retrofitting two older buildings to deal with growth, county commissioners plan to fix the courthouse, sell a county-owned building, and add a new extension office at MetraPark. "The county attorney's office is growing to accommodate that. The felony filings are up and there are a lot of misdemeanor cases. So, we need more space for additional county attorneys, staff, conference rooms, and everything that goes along with that," Commissioner Ostlund said.

Yellowstone County Commissioner Ostlund said nearly $1.4 million plan was in the works to retrofit the courthouse, and move the extension office to a small county-owned building located on North 24th Street. "It just wasn't a good fit. The longer we looked at it by rebuilding an existing building that didn't have proper parking by making it a temporary fix; we just want a more permanent solution for extension," Commissioner Ostlund said.

Instead of the two retrofits, county commissioners plan to sell the brick building and add a new structure at MetraPark to better accommodate the extension office. Ostlund said it's a win-win situation for everyone, since retrofitting the downtown brick building would cost nearly the same as building the new structure at MetraPark. "Things are really good, and we're happy. We just have to deal with it," Ostlund said.

Commissioner Ostlund said if all goes according to plan, they will declare the brick building surplus property with a resolution of intent during the next meeting, and they'll pick a site for the extension office at MetraPark. Commissioner Ostlund said he hopes construction on the new office will break ground before the summer.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Missing In America Project Makes Stop in Billings

    Missing In America Project Makes Stop in Billings

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:50:24 GMT
    Carmen Gonzalez is thankful for the Missing in America Project.

    MIAP claims unclaimed, cremated veteran remains and gives them their proper burial. Gonzalez

    lost two brothers while they were serving as marines. She said to see veterans honor their fallen brothers brings joy to her heart and tears to her eyes.

    Carmen Gonzalez is thankful for the Missing in America Project.
    MIAP claims unclaimed, cremated veteran remains and gives them their proper burial. Gonzalez
    lost two brothers while they were serving as marines. She said to see veterans honor their fallen brothers brings joy to her heart and tears to her eyes.
  • Demolition Delay

    Demolition Delay

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:29:10 GMT
    The old Billings Public Library still stands after original plans to demolish the building hit a road block .Assistant

    Director of the Billings Public Library, Dee Ann Redman, said most of the issues regarding the old buildings demolition are asbestos related.

    The old Billings Public Library still stands after original plans to demolish the building hit a road block .Assistant

    Director of the Billings Public Library, Dee Ann Redman, said most of the issues regarding the old buildings demolition are asbestos related.

  • Lodge Grass Basin Fire

    Lodge Grass Basin Fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:50:07 GMT
    The BIA Crow Agency fire and aviation crews close public access to the Reservation's Big Horn Mountains because of the Lodge Grass Basin fire.
    The BIA Crow Agency fire and aviation crews close public access to the Reservation's Big Horn Mountains because of the Lodge Grass Basin fire.