Veterans Service Office considers moving from its current location

MORE ROOM NEEDED — Veteran Services Office President John Kerr told the Harrison County commissioners the organization needs more space. -- Carri Graham

CADIZ — Staffers at the Harrison County Veterans Service Office are contemplating moving from their current courthouse location.

Veterans office President John Kerr spoke to the Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday about finding a new location. He approached the board during its regular weekly meeting.

The organization’s current space in the courthouse in Cadiz is too small and crowded, Kerr said. He added parking also is an issue for the staff and for those seeking services at the office.

“When you put this new security door in, handicapped veterans now have to go all the way around the building in their wheelchairs. In winter, it’s not good,” Kerr said.

Commissioner Don Bethel made alternative suggestions to Kerr so that the veterans could have more privacy at the courthouse location while the groups seeks a new space.

“There are plenty of rooms out there. If you guys need financing the county could help the veterans with (financing),” Bethel added.

Kerr told the commissioners the office staff would potentially like to share the West Gate building with school administrators when the new Harrison Hills City Schools campus school opens, Kerr said.

“If we could get together with the school board and view the building, we could see what’s accessible to us, what we could use,” he said.

This decision regarding that location would be left up to the Harrison Hills Board of Education, officials said.

Kerr noted that the West Gate building doesn’t have any stairs and is handicap accessible. He said it would be a good fit for the office.

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