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Published May 14, 2013, 09:48 PM

A new multi-million dollar courthouse is approved

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- About a hundred people showed up to a heated Griggs county commissioners meeting this evening in Cooperstown. This after the commission created a building authority and themselves approved building a new multi-million dollar courthouse.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- About a hundred people showed up to a heated Griggs county commissioners meeting this evening in Cooperstown. This after the commission created a building authority - and themselves approved building a new multi-million dollar courthouse.

Some residents say they've had enough, and it's time the commissioners are ousted from their positions.

As we reported last night Griggs county voters rejected the plan 3 times in 14 months. This evening only one or two people spoke in favor of building an Emergency Operation Center and new courthouse. The majority of the voices were instead outraged the commissioners blatantly ignored their vote.

"You're spending Griggs County tax payer money on something that the

voters specifically told you not to do."

Three times tax payers voted no. The yes vote never even got close

to the super-majority needed.

Diane Codrey- In Favor Of New Courthouse: "It all came about because we had illness, people getting sick in the courthouse."

What may have originally been about a courthouse is now a much bigger

issue. The excessive spending has turned its focus to a million dollar

grant awarded to the county to build an Emergency Operations Center.

The kicker, tax payers will have to pitch in 300-some thousand

dollars in order to receive the grant money and build the EOC and

none of that money can be put towards a new courthouse.

Bob Hook- Grigg's County Sheriff Department: "There's no money in that grant that will cover anything to do with demolition or even a portion parts of piece of the courthouse. That's no part of the grant, there is no money in the grant for that place."

Simply because the county applied for the grant and received it,

doesn't mean they "have" to use it. A county commissioner feels the

issue should be moot, stating he was elected to make decisions.

Ron Halvorson- Commissioner: "We believe that some of the decisions can be made without a vote and that's why you put us here, you elected us because you thought we were good enough to be there and made those decisions for you."

Commissioner Halvorsen still states the money is coming from other county departments, but Wakefield disagrees. Either way, whether or not the money comes from other departments it's still tax payer dollars.

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