School edges closer to using courthouse
A letter submitted by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday possibly sets the Corning Union Elementary School District one step closer to using the recently closed courthouse in Corning as a district office.
When it was announced the courthouse was going to close due to a lack of funding, the county was given the option to purchase the building from the state Administrative Office of the Courts.
Tehama County Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin had until Aug. 1 to notify the state's Administrative Office of the Courts whether or not the county, or any local government agency, was interested in the "surplus facility."
In June, the school district issued a letter to the county indicating its interest in purchasing or leasing the facility, district Superintendent Catherine Reimer said.
"The letter states we may or may not be interested in the property based on its current condition and available financing," she said. "We are considering it for our district office and professional development training center."
The county's letter to the state expresses the county's interest in purchasing the Corning courthouse on Hoag Street, subject to a thorough inspection of the property, a review of the title documents and agreement as to fair market value.
"As such, this letter of interest is not a commitment to purchase, but serves as a request to begin review and negotiations," states the letter.
The property is also of interest to the county due to the fact it shares a parking lot with the Cor ing Veterans Hall, and those two buildings form one integrated government campus, said Goodwin.
In 2008, the property was appraised at $325,000.
With the closure of the courthouse, all court business from Corning has been transferred to the historic courthouse at 633 Washington St., the courthouse annex at 445 Pine St. or the Juvenile Justice Center at 1790 Walnut St., all in Red Bluff.
The state's Administration Office of the Courts is going through process of constructing a new Tehama County Courthouse.
A 4-acre site on Walnut Street in Red Bluff, where the county Agriculture Department is located, has been purchased from the county by the state for $1.3 million and will be the site of the new courthouse. Construction isn't expected to start until February 2015.