City carries out ribbon cutting at the new district court | news

The City of Parker celebrated the new home of Parker Magistrate Court with a ribbon cut on Thursday, May 27th. While the court moved from City Hall to its new home in December and started operations in January, the ribbon cutting was delayed because Magistrate Larry Kubacki contracted the coronavirus.

The new courthouse is located at 1112 Arizona Avenue.

Kubacki spoke at the ceremony that took place in the courtroom. He thanked everyone who helped build the new facility and thanked Magistrate Pro Tem Jim Putz-Artrup for substituting for him during his illness.

“It’s great to be back and it’s great to be here,” said Kubacki.

Kubacki also thanked everyone for their prayers and good wishes when he was sick. He said they meant a lot to him.

Putz-Atrup said this was a facility that Parker residents would long use. He thanked site manager Steve Ziegler for coordinating the construction and the city council for developing the project.

Parker Mayor Karen Bonds said she was happy with the facility and thanked everyone who came for cutting the ribbon.

Former Mayor Dan Beaver said this project had taken a long time and encountered many obstacles. He was glad to see it was done.

“It wasn’t an easy project,” said Beaver.

The speakers at the cutting of the ribbon praised Ziegler and the employees of the municipal utility as well as the building contractor Mike Sleppy.

Kubacki and Ziegler previously said Sleppy and his company River Impact Construction did a great job at a price the city could afford.

“I’m grateful that Mike Sleppy got on board and made an offer that we could afford,” said Ziegler. “I think everyone will be happy with that.”

“We take people’s tax money spending seriously,” said Kubacki.

The city purchased the building at 1112 Arizona Avenue in March 2018 for $ 170,000. There are plans to move the District Court and the Parker Community / Senior Center offices into the building. The building was best known as the Motor Vehicle Division’s office until MVD moved to its new office on Mutuhar Drive. Lawyer Fred Welch also had an office in the building. The owner from whom the city acquired the property, Dr. Clark Kim, had an acupuncture practice and herbal store in the building.

The District Court will occupy half of the building that was used for retail stores and offices. The new courthouse will include a reception area with key card access to the court and reception office area, a bulletproof reception window, public and private bathroom, filing room, clerk’s office, jury room, judges office, break room, courtroom with bench, jury seat and detention area.

The city council approved a $ 245,000 offer from River Impact Construction of Parker on July 21 for the project. Ziegler said the city budgeted $ 160,000 for the project in fiscal 2020-21, and of the budget budgeted for the project, there was still $ 85,000 left for the 2019-20 project.

In addition to the new courtyard facilities, the project also included a new roof, a newly designed front facade and new air conditioning systems.

Spray Systems was commissioned at the beginning of 2019 to remove asbestos and lead paint from the building before the renovation. The $ 13,000 cost was paid through a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Seabury Fritz was commissioned with the architectural work for $ 24,700.

The city applied for and received a $ 39,322 grant from the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts for safety equipment required by all state courts. The AOC is part of the Arizona Supreme Court.

The need for this equipment was set out in Administrative Order 2017-15 in 2017, which was issued on Nov.

The order, signed by Arizona Chief Justice Scott Bales, states that all courts in the state must adopt and implement all of the standards and procedures set out in the order. The order went into effect on July 1, 2017, and state courts had three years to comply in full.

Ziegler said the building was mostly finished, but there was still a lot to be done. A metal detector is provided for the entrance to the courtroom. He added that the sidewalk on Arizona Avenue needs to be remodeled as it does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the structure itself complies with the ADA, the sloped sidewalk isn’t.

Ziegler said these were matters that would be dealt with in the near future.

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