SEBRING - Plans to retrofit the Kenilworth Building for a crime lab and property-evidence storage are stalled in the county attorney's office, Sheriff Susan Benton said Friday.
"We are still planning to move to the Kenilworth site," Benton said. "We are waiting on Ross Macbeth. I don't know how long Ross has had it. It should have been on the agenda in the month of May. We're probably going to bring up on Tuesday and ask, 'Where the hell is it?'"
The contract for the architect's proposal came in mid-April, Macbeth said. He is uncertain when his office will finish the contract review.
The sheriff's proposed facility will take 10,000 square feet of the 18,000 square foot building. County records already takes another 2,000 square feet.
Contrary to a decision former Elections Supervisor Joe Campbell made last year, the elections office will be staying where it is now, on the second floor of the County Government Building.
Elections will maintain 6,000 square feet at Kenilworth for training purposes, said Assistant Elections Supervisor Karen Kensinger. The county wants to retain its one-stop shopping concept with the commissioners, tax collector, property appraiser and elections supervisor in the government center.
"We may remodel this office," Kensinger said, to reduce the size of the lobby.
As for a new sheriff's office, Benton said, "One step at a time. Once we get property and evidence moving forward, we'll sit down and talk."
Although commissioners suggested an EMS station at Kenilworth, a county spokeswoman said, "This was considered as a potential option during the project development of both the future evidence, property and crime unit facility and the replacement of the Downtown EMS station.
"Plans to provide facilities to accommodate the current and future needs for the functions of the sheriff's office at any location will continue to be developed in conjunction with identification, retainment and stability of funding sources needed to support such a project," Gloria Rybinski said.