July 3, 2022

Now in session: District Court docket opens on Lycoming Creek Street | Information, Sports activities, Work opportunities

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KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Solar-Gazette
Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts, still left, claps immediately after retired District Judge John McDermott minimize the ribbon at the ceremony for the opening of the new Lycoming County Magisterial District Court docket at 2107 Lycoming Creek Street. Standing at the rear of the bench are, from left, Lycoming County Commissioners Scott Metzger, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito and District Decide William Solomon.

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Lycoming County Magisterial District Court docket is open for small business at its new place at 2107 Lycoming Creek Road in Williamsport.

A ribbon slicing ceremony was held just before a packed courtroom of effectively-wishers Monday early morning at the facility.

Groundbreaking for the new courtroom site was in January 2020 with an believed charge of $900,000. Before long right after the groundbreaking came the pandemic that enhanced construction fees “dramatically,” from time to time as substantially as by 75%, according to Kenneth George, the director of Lycoming County Facilities Administration. The creating was renovated by the Lycoming County Amenities Management Office.

District Judge William Solomon has presided more than the court since 2016. The jurisdiction contains Armstrong, Cogan Household, Hepburn, Jackson, Lewis, Loyalsock, Susquehanna Townships and DuBoistown Borough.

The court docket was relocated from a suite in 1965 Lycoming Creek Street, within the previous Franklin School, which the county had leased for extra than 40 yrs.

The making was in want of sizeable repairs.

The new spot offers a far more protected, contemporary court, that is also served by community transportation. The creating was dry floodproofed for resilience for the duration of future flood occasions. This setting up has a great deal better security in location than the former office, George stated. The previous office, just a number of blocks south of the new setting up, served as a district judge’s office environment since the early 1980s.

The pandemic also performed havoc with obtaining the job accomplished, George said.

This new setting up is considerably greater than the business from which Solomon moved — an improve from 2,000 sq. toes to 3,500.

Monday’s ceremony involved a welcome by President Judge Nancy Butts, prayers from Pastor Don Peters, remarks from all a few of the county commissioners, the ribbon slicing by retired District Decide John McDermott, opinions from George, John Lavelle, county setting up deputy director, and Solomon.

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