Construction starts on Livingston courthouse
LIVINGSTON - A contractor has finished driving pilings for the new Livingston Parish courthouse building - a project that Livingston officials have been trying to launch for years.
Judge Robert Morrison has been pushing for a new courthouse, citing a lack of space in the current building for witnesses, families of defendants, families of victims and prospective jurors.
Funding was the main obstacle until 2010, when Clerk of Court Tom Sullivan proposed raising his office's filing fees to pay for a new courthouse, which required judicial and legislative action. Other parish agencies also contributed to the costs of the roughly $20 million building. And contractors cut costs after receiving a sales tax exemption on building materials for the project.
Completion is expected in June 2014.