King County Council members to discuss proposed ballot measure for Children and Family Justice Center
March 31, 2012 · 8:15 PM
Metropolitan King County Council members who are part of the bipartisan coalition supporting a ballot measure that would ask voters to fund construction of a new Children and Family Justice Center will participate in a forum on the proposal hosted by Seattle University.
Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University Campus
The forum will give the public an opportunity to review and discuss the proposal, which is currently before the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee.
- The electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems are beyond repair;
- The County has spent millions addressing lingering mold and moisture problems caused by a flood in 2006;
- The discovery of toxic PCBs in the facility’s window caulking required the relocation of employees and court services while the County remediated the hazardous materials;
- The facility is not designed to address the types of safety issues that arise from emotional cases involving families and children;
- Courtrooms and waiting areas are small and overcrowded, creating a noisy, hectic and confusing environment; and
- There are no private meeting rooms, leaving families to meet with their attorneys and caseworkers in the lobby and public hallways to discuss sensitive, private matters.