Municipal court to move to old BPD space
Burleson's municipal court is preparing for a two-step.
It will relocate Monday to 225 W. Renfro St., the prior police department building along Johnson Avenue, where it will remain until making a transition to the municipal court's final destination in the old Wells Fargo building next to the present police department.
"Our contract was set to expire Sept. 30 with Johnson County," City Secretary Amanda McCrory said. "We had to make a decision to renew or make a temporary move. We knew it was possible we would not want to be in the space [at the sub-courthouse] through the conclusion of the contract. It made sense to go ahead and make this move."
Municipal court hours will remain 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with court offices closed 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Court sessions will be moved entirely to City Hall until the final move to the old Wells Fargo bank building near Elk Drive on SW Wilshire Boulevard is complete.
That move could be completed by early summer 2017.
"We're hoping to have a contractor picked by early October," McCrory said.
Bids are being collected now, McCrory said, for a project that would require renovation, but no expansion to the 7,660 square-foot space. Until a bid is selected, the cost of the project is unknown.
"We plan to keep the same footprint," she said. "The only addition we plan to make is the addition of a drive behind the police department connecting the two facilities."
There's significant advantage to having the municipal court in proximity to the police department, McCrory said. In the event an officer is needed to testify at a hearing, it will be easier to have the court in closer proximity. Additionally, it is more convenient for officers to get warrants signed, she added. The future space will include a courtroom dedicated to the municipal court.
Because of heavy traffic patterns on Elk Drive during student arrival and release, the temporary location along Renfro Street could be more convenient than present space at the sub-courthouse, McCrory said.
Because court sessions will be at City Hall, the public's use of the municipal court facilities will most likely only be to pay a citation or court fees. Residents may also pay citations and court fees online by visiting burlesontx.com and navigating to "Online Bill Pay." An automated phone payment system is available at 800-444-1187. You must have your citation number and amount due. The municipal court may be reached at 817-426-9220.