It will be the first week of August before Crawford County commissioners appoint members to a citizens advisory committee to review possible upgrades to the present Crawford County Courthouse and the former Talon Inc. Plant No. 5.

That’s about a month later than the original target date of early July because not all groups contacted by the county have formally responded.

Chambers of commerce in both Meadville and Titusville haven’t formally responded as yet, but are expected to do so, Jack Lynch, the county’s planning director, told county commissioners at their weekly work session Wednesday.

Also, the City of Meadville is interested in having representation on the committee, Lynch said.

“It has taken more time,” said Lynch, who recommended to commissioners that they make the committee appointments at the commissioners’ Aug. 4 meeting.

Commissioners Morris Waid and C. Sherman Allen agreed they could wait until August. Commissioner Jack Preston was absent from Wednesday’s work session.

When formed, the committee will be charged with suggesting the best solution for alleviating courthouse overcrowding and streamlining county functions.

The courthouse is located in downtown Meadville on Diamond Park while the Talon site is a few blocks to the southeast on upper Arch Street.

The county is looking at various options from consolidating offices into either the courthouse or Talon; splitting functions between the two sites; renovating just the courthouse; or even building at a totally new site.

In early June, the county sent out letters asking for one representative each from the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas, Meadville Redevelopment Authority, Titusville Redevelopment Authority, Economic Progress Alliance, the chambers of commerce of Meadville and Titusville, county boroughs association, county township association, Crawford County Bar Association, Realtors, Crawford County Farm Bureau, Grange, media, an independent business owner, and two representatives from residential land owners who live near the Talon Plant No. 5 site to serve on the committee.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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