Fiscal Court chambers undergoing renovation

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Work expected to better accommodate incoming magistrates, improve technology

By The Staff

HARDIN COUNTY — The Fiscal Court meeting room in Elizabethtown’s H.B. Fife Courthouse is undergoing renovations.
To better accommodate the eight magistrates coming aboard in January, Hardin County government is replacing the design of the Fiscal Court chambers, which will include the installation of new furniture and carpeting, said Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry on Tuesday.
Berry said the tables used to seat commissioners will be replaced with an elevated curve-shaped design better suited for HCEC-TV video tapings of the Fiscal Court meetings.
Work was expected to begin Wednesday and Berry said Fiscal Court meetings will be held in the RR Thomas building until work is completed.
The first phase is expected to cost from $20,000 to $25,000, he said. A second phase, to be completed later, will update the technological accessibility of the room. Laptop and Internet accessibility will be available for magistrates, which will reduce the amount of paperwork needed for meetings, Berry said. Remote cameras also may be installed to improve the number of camera angles during meetings, he added.
Berry said the technological improvements may be done in incremental phases and are expected to cost an additional $20,000 to $25,000.