Although the last has yet to be signed, Radcliff has an agreement in hand which promises to maintain the driver’s license office in the community.

The Administrative Office of the Courts has drafted a formal lease agreement accepting the offer of free rent for the space used by the Hardin Circuit Clerk’s satellite office in Radcliff.

While most area residents visit the upper floor of the Joseph B. Hutcherson Hall of Justice every four years for the convenience afforded by the license renewal, the office also provides probate, small claims, eviction services and video arrangements during a weekly judicial session.

Faced with the possibility of losing the services, Radcliff city officials agreed a rent-free lease was a no risk option. The city would lose around $48,000 in annual income if the office closed and the same amount by offering a zero fee.

The issue gained a degree of urgency for the city after the county clerk closed its office in Radcliff last year which offered license plate renewals and vehicle registration.

The state lease will maintain use of 1,565-square-feet for the court clerk on the top floor of the building which also houses the Radcliff Police De­part­ment. Planned security improvements will be paid for by the state.

Closing satellite offices was a money-saving idea as the AOC and all agencies of state government are looking for ways to absorb dramatic increases in retirement fund obligations. Circuit Clerk Loretta Crady, who actively supported Radcliff’s bid to maintain the office, said she felt confident the free rent strategy would convince state decision makers.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com.

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