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Smith County seeking citizen input on new courthouse

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Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County is seeking citizen input on their plan for a new courthouse.

According to a press release, Smith County officials will hold Smith County courthouse citizen input meetings in each precinct of the county throughout November.

The press release said the county is working to formulate a plan for a new Smith County courthouse. Before a plan is presented to voters, Smith County officials are working to gather public input on whether the public agrees that a new courthouse is needed, where it should go, what factors for consideration are most important, and to answer any questions or listen to any comments citizens may have.

The release said the first of four meetings, where county officials will seek public input on the prospect of building a new Smith County courthouse, will be held Monday, November 4, in Lindale, represented by Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Lindale High School Cafeteria, 920 E. Hubbard Street in Lindale.

On Thursday, November 7, Precinct 2 Commissioner Cary Nix will hold a meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Whitehouse, 801 E. Main St. in Whitehouse.

On Tuesday, November 12, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jeff Warr will have a community meeting from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Bullard City Hall, 114 S. Phillips St. in Bullard.

And on Monday, November 18, Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton will host a meeting from 6-7 p.m. at St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Highway in Tyler.

The press release said Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran has said the intended timeline is to present an initial plan for a new courthouse in the spring of 2020, hold additional public meetings throughout the summer of 2020, to ensure the citizens have full and accurate information, and to call for a vote on a proposed plan for the November 2020 election.

The release said Smith County has created a new webpage – Smith County Courthouse Planning -- which lays out the county’s intentions, includes courthouse studies conducted over the last 20 years, and has a citizen input survey.

County officials are asking all Smith County residents to take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief survey. To take the survey, click here.

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