FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence County Council approved funding for a study to see what the best usage for the City-County Complex would be.
The vote passed this morning in the Florence County Chambers by eight-to-one. Councilman Mitchell Kirby was the one member to oppose the vote.
The study will cost $148,000. Council members said this study will provide the best options on how the county can better utilize the space the building has to offer.
"Let's gather all the facts; let's get professionals in. Let's look at what we have. Let's look at what options we have, and then we will set around the table and say can we afford to do this," said Alphonso Bradley.
The Council is looking into the possible expansion of the judicial center. There are safety concerns surrounding the 40-year-old space. County members say overcrowding of general sessions, and the lack of parking are just two concerns. Council also finds it unsafe for prisoners, judges and the general public to use the same elevator to get to hearings.
County Administrators have called on one local agency and two agencies in Columbia to conduct the study.
Council members said they are dedicated to protecting the people in every decision they make.