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Committee Appointed to Oversee Courthouse Design

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Sharyn Wisniewski (608) 267-8823
Tim Saterfield (608) 267-1529


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Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Chief Judge Dan Moeser, and County Board Chair Kevin Kesterson today announced their appointments to the Justice Center Planning Oversight Committee. The committee will oversee the design of the new county courthouse planned for a site on West Wilson Street behind the Public Safety building.

Falk's three appointees are:

- County Supervisor Scott McDonell, District-4, Madison. McDonell's district includes the new courthouse site and surrounding neighborhoods;

- Sherrie Gruder, a resource conservation and recycling specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center, and an expert in "green building"; and

- Joan LeMahieu, responsible for strategic marketing at Marshall Erdman and Associates, a design / build firm headquartered in Madison. Prior to that, LeMahieu served for four years as Executive Director of the Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center.
"I look forward to working with the Oversight Committee as we plan, design and build an outstanding new justice facility for Dane County," said Falk. "I am grateful for their willingness to share their talents serving on this committee."

Judge Moeser appointed:

· County Supervisor Karen Cornwell, District 10-Madison; Supervisor Cornwell was Chair of the County's Space and Facilities Masterplan Committee and has served as Chair of the Justice Center Planning Oversight Committee since May 1999;

· County Supervisor Dennis O'Loughlin, District 26-DeForest; O'Loughlin has served on the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee and the Public Works and Facilities Management Committee;

· Circuit Court Judge Michael Nowakowski has served as Chair of the Dane County Judicial Long-Range Planning Committee, and as a member of the Planning and Policy Advisory Committee, and led the effort which resulted in the statewide security guidelines.

"The leadership of Supervisor Cornwell and Supervisor O'Loughlin in securing county board approval of a workable compromise on the courthouse makes them excellent choices to continue with the next phase of courthouse planning," said Moeser. "Judge Nowakowski is an acknowledged expert on court security and planning, and he also brings a wealth of historical knowledge to the task."

Falk, Moeser and Kesterson jointly appointed:

· Richard Wagner, Madison, County Board Chair from 1988-1992 and County Board member from 1980 to 1994, and currently Chair of the City of Madison Plan Commission.

"Dick Wagner led the county board during its siting and construction of the Public Safety Building and the new building for the county and federal agriculture agencies," said Kesterson. "He served on the county board when the Monona Terrace

Convention Center was planned and built, and when the county's Alliant Energy Center was expanded and improved. His ability to forge compromise, along with his dedication to fostering community participation in public projects, will serve the county well on this committee."

The County's design team, headed up by the Durrant Group Inc, will begin design work on a 216,000 square foot courthouse to be built on a site along West Wilson Street behind the current Public Safety Building. Land acquisition is expected to be completed in 2001, with construction planned to begin in late 2002.
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