Clarion DA office move may cost more than first thought

The impending move of the Clarion County district attorney’s office may prove to be more expensive than initially anticipated.

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan said Tuesday the move from 502 Liberty Ave. in Clarion to 514 Liberty would cost the county about $20,000.

Tharan said the newly acquired office may also need to have modern rolling files for the DA’s records as well. The cost of the file system isn’t known.

Tharan said it is his understanding the files are currently kept in plastic totes.

“The totes are waterproof and are sealed,” he said.

The new office building is currently in use as a chiropractor’s office. It has a full basement that will be used for records and evidence storage.

The county purchased the property at 514 Liberty from Jeffrey and Deborah Green after it was learned the county would lose the lease on the current building at the end of the year. The county purchased the 3,000-square-foot building for $155,000.

In addition to the district attorney’s office, the building will house the CNET drug task force and the county detectives.

Tharan had said earlier the move would involve the installation of security devices and fiber lines. The building is handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.

The county maintenance department will complete the renovations.

Tharan said both of the buildings, 514 Liberty and the county’s new storage facility at the former Holabaugh beer distributor on Route 322 west of Clarion, appraised well above the purchase price.

The 8,000-square-foot Holabaugh building was purchased for $150,000. It will be used for equipment and record storage.