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Ector County Commissioners, Odessa City Council discuss potential new courthouse

Ector County Commissioners and Odessa City Council discussing new ideas regarding possibly building a new Ector County courthouse (Source: KWES) Ector County Commissioners and Odessa City Council discussing new ideas regarding possibly building a new Ector County courthouse (Source: KWES)
ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

On Tuesday, Ector County Commissioners and the Odessa City Council met to discuss the future of the Ector County Courthouse. 

Both city and county officials shared their stories of how bad the courthouse has gotten over the years, asking for help with aspects of demolition and land.

The county said they would foot the bill for construction and one city council member posed the idea of asking for funding from the oil and gas companies, 

The city asked for more time to get more information, with the idea of a new courthouse coming down to one thing, funding. 

"Nobody doesn't think that we need a new courthouse," Commissioner Eddy Shelton said. "So the city is all on board, we just need to know what degree they can participate and they can help us." 

Councilman Malcom Hamilton went on to add on the lack of funds for the project to become a reality. 

There's an immediate need," Hamilton said, "we don't necessarily have the funds or where we can get the funds. You have the situation where the citizens themselves might not like the idea of digging in their own pockets even more." 

A few years back, county officials did a study saying a new courthouse would be 180,000 square feet bigger than the current 135,000 square feet one. The new courthouse would come with a price tag anywhere between 95 and 110 million dollars. 

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