Courthouses awarded grant to upgrade

By Conor Mooney

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People who work or have matters in Town of Union and Johnson City village courts often overlap, but a $59,000 grant will help both courts spread out.

The money comes from a court assistance program.

The Town of Union offices were flooded in 2011 forcing the town to move its court to Johnson City.

The move has led to overcrowding.

The Town of Union is using village conference rooms and a records office formerly used by Johnson City.

The extra funding will create new offices in open lobby space and cut down on traffic through places that are supposed to be left private.

"Some of the space that are supposed to be secured areas due to all the facilities being utilized with the court. Some of those secured areas aren't secured now. It's going to allow the areas that need to be secured, secured," said Village Justice Richard Miller.

The town and village worked together to apply for the grant and the move could be permanent.

"The lease right now is for five years with extensions on top of that so they wanted to keep the state police barracks in the town of union so we decided, we'll work with you and give you some space here," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

The next step is to meet with advisers to begin the planning stages.