County Approves Study of Office Space Needs

A professional study of office needs for both the Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Offices is now approved. The study is to also address storage of evidence in Sheriff’s investigations. The evidence is now having to be protected from water leaking into the old detention center Downtown Laurens, adjacent to the Sheriff’s office on West Main. The idea of having a professional analysis of the office space needs was one of the matters discussed by the Laurens County Council on Public Works Tuesday afternoon. At the full council meeting that night, Council narrowly accepted the committee’s recommendation to conduct the study of office space needs. Council Member Joe Wood objected to the idea, saying, “Why spend money we don’t have on something we don’t need.” Council Member Jeff Carroll indicated the county needs expert advice to help determine what is needed.  Having the study done was approved with council members Wood, McDaniel and Younts voting no.