Committee formed, coroner looks for permanent office

By Chris Cooper -

A committee was formed Tuesday to look into a proposal drawn up by the East Logan Water Association in reference to leasing a building to the county to house the coroner’s office. Coroner Mary Givens operates temporarily out of the basement at Young Funeral Home in Russellville. She has been there over a year and is wanting a more permanent place to conduct her responsibilities.

A vacant building behind Hampton park owned by East Logan was a possibility magistrate Jack Crossley came up with a few months ago. The idea came back to the fiscal court table when magistrate Dickie Carter brought it up Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Givens believes the building, with some work, may be a good place for her office, however, magistrate Thomas Bouldin is not so sure.

“I’m not crazy about the location,” said Bouldin. “It’s not the neighborhood, but the park.”

Bouldin feels if the coroner has to access the property through the entrance of the park it may become a problem due to all the activities held there.

“There are ballgames and tournaments and the 8th of August celebration,” said Bouldin. “It may be hard to access at times.”

“I think more time needs to be put into this first before a decision is made,” Bouldin added.

The committee consists of Givens, and magistrates Crossley and Barry Joe Wright. Judge Executive Logan Chick will be talking with Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton about the fencing around the area, which is owned by the city.

By Chris Cooper

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