DA office move costs increase

By Randy Bartley

Staff Writer

CLARION

The impending move of the Clarion County District Attorney's Office may prove to be more expensive than initially anticipated.

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan said late last month the move from 502 Liberty Avenue in Clarion to 514 Liberty would cost the county about $20,000.

But Tharan said Oct. 1 the newly-acquired office may also need to have modern rolling files for the DA's records as well. The cost of the file system and its installation is not known.

Tharan said it his understanding the files are being kept in plastic totes.

"The totes are waterproof and are sealed," he said.

The new office building is currently in use as a chiropractor's office. It has a full basement that will be used for records and evidence storage.

The county purchased the property at 514 Liberty from Jeffrey and Deborah Green after it was learned the county would lose the lease on the current DA office building at the end of the year.

The county purchased the building for $155,000 for the 3,000 square-feet building.

In addition to the district attorney's office, the building will house CNET, the drug task force and the county detectives.

Tharan said recently the move would involve the installation of security devices and fiber lines. The building is handicapped accessible and is air-conditioned.

The county maintenance department will complete the renovations.

Tharan said the good news is both of the buildings, 514 Liberty and the county's new storage facility at the former Holabaugh beer distributor along U.S. Route 322 west of Clarion appraised well above the purchase price.

The 8,000 square-feet Holabaugh building was purchased for $150,000. It will be used for equipment and record storage.