RECORD GROUP: County Clerk
RECORD SERIES #: 7700
SERIES: Market Yard Building Papers
VOLUME: 1.25 cubic feet
The move took place on June 26, 2001. According to County Clerk M. Claire French, the move went smoothly and her offices were opened for business that Monday at 8:30 A.M. The Market Yard building originally was a shell of a building. The builder had planned on the space being used for different commercial entities and would build walls and doors accordingly. The County decided to lease the building from the private owner for five years at which time the County would decide whether or not to buy it.
Detailed planning went into the move, with which Mrs. French was heavily involved. She sat in on weekly meetings with various groups, such as architects, engineers, interior designers, and the Sheriff’s department. To the meetings she brought with her concerns and requests from her staff. Everything she wanted for the new building she got. For instance, custom made shelves were built for the different size books in the Mortgage and Deed room, lighting was placed over work stations, and the building’s one entrance is facing the Market Yard parking lot and not Mechanic Street. Not only did she sit in on the weekly meetings but she also went on site visits to her new building and to the Probation office across Mechanic Street, a similar structure to the Clerk’s building. Visiting the Probation office gave her ideas for her new building. The mechanical room in the Probation office can be heard and felt in other offices, so Mrs. French decided to soundproof the mechanical room in her building, making the work environment a pleasant one.
When asked if there was anything she would do differently, Mrs. French said there was not. She enjoyed the whole process and was very happy with her new building.
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