Justice Center expansion breaks ground in Eagle | VailDaily.com

Justice Center expansion breaks ground in Eagle

Chris Outcaltcoutcalt@vaildaily.comEagle County, CO Colorado
Chris Outcalt/Vail DailyCounty officials stand outside the Eagle Justice Center on Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the $24 million expansion project. From left: County Administrator Bruce Baumgartner, Commissioner Peter Runyon, Commissioner Sara Fisher, Bill Kaufman, District Court Judge Fred Gannett, District Court Judge Tom Moorhead, Sheriff Joe Hoy, Construction Manager Rick Ullom, designer Rick Backis and Brad Keller of FCI Construction.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado The project almost didnt happen. We managed to get the bonds for this about one week before the entire credit nationally dried up, said Commissioner Peter Runyon. We probably wouldnt be here today if we hadnt gotten this. But the county did get the bond and officials celebrated the project Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the $24 million expansion to the Justice Center. This is obviously way overdue, Runyon said. Construction of the project will begin Dec. 1 on west side of the existing facility. That part of the addition will include two new court rooms and the expanded detention facility. After a year, construction will move to the east side of the building. The entire project is schedule to be finished in November of 2010. We couldnt be happier with the work that youve all done, said District Court Judge Tom Moorhead. The people of Eagle County can feel like theyre being well governed because this is an instance where it did not require an order of the court to bring this project to fruition and thats happened in too many occasions.Baumgarter used a line he said he stole from Moorhead to close the ceremony. Slow justice is no justice and I think this ensures that Eagle County will have justice far into the future, Baumgartner said.

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