Wells Fargo building to become court facility
Relocation to new space adjacent to the Burleson Police Department is intended to resolve the confusion some experience when conducting business with the municipal court, said Constance White, Burleson's director of court services.
"One of our greatest needs is space," she said.
Some operations of the municipal court are at Johnson County's Ron Harmon Subcourthouse, while some others are at City Hall, White says. Relocation to the former Wells Fargo building in the 1100 block of SW Wilshire Boulevard will merge those activities into one space.
The municipal court hears all Class C misdemeanor cases with the exception of school truancy cases, heard by the justice of the peace court.
A City Council subcommittee met to hear an update Monday on the status of the project. The Wells Fargo building has been purchased by the city to repurpose.
"We'll use the same design-build process to repurpose the space as we did for the police department," City Secretary Amanda McCrory said. "That will provide a great cost savings."
It will mark the first time in Burleson's history that a dedicated municipal court facility will exist, McCrory said.
"One advantage we will experience is improved communication with the police department," she said. "There are times where a judge may need to visit with police on a case."
The closer proximity will make that a seamless process. Also, it will produce more convenience to police when needing to serve as a witness at a trial, McCrory said.
Additionally, attorneys should find the process in dealing with the municipal court easier, rather than conducting business at two venues, White said.
It is unclear when construction could be completed and a move to the new space may be possible.
"We're excited for the opportunity to place all of our operations under one roof," White said. "It should make it a lot easier for everyone."