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WYOMING SEES NEED FOR NEW COURTHOUSE

With construction planning for the new Wyoming County Jail under way, county officials are looking ahead to other projects.

Ground for the new $8 million jail will be broken in August, said Legislature Chairman Howard W. Payne. The construction managers, Ciminelli-Cowper of Buffalo, already have advertised for foundation bids.

Later bids will be for the basic 52 cells and an additional 16-cell option, he said. The jail also will have offices for the sheriff, fire coordinator, radio dispatcher and civil defense personnel.

The completion date for that project is December 1991.

But Payne said that he sees the need for at least $25 million in new construction to ease county office crowding at scattered locations.

Topping the list is a new courthouse.

"We are under pressure from state court administration people to build a new court building," Payne said. "And County Judge Charles Newman has been an advocate for better court facilities."

The new court facility would be built between the existing building and the new jail.

"But nothing can be done until the jail is finished because the jail contractors will need that space," Payne said. "My reading is that the Legislature has an interest in building a new court building, a $4 million to $5 million project. But we will do it in an orderly manner."

He envisions the new court building as housing judicial chambers, jury rooms, a law library, offices for the district attorney, Probation Department and county clerk.

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