DA’s office experiences the ups and downs of moving
BY PAT BUTLER
An obscure state agency has put the District Attorney’s Office planned move to Union Street in Nevada City on hold for at least a couple of days.
Cliff Newell, the Nevada County district attorney, said Tuesday the move is postponed until the Elevator, Ride and Tramway Unit of the Department of Industrial Relations sends an inspector to look at the elevator.
“I really don’t know when they’re going to be here,” he said. “We’re trying to get them here by Thursday, but we have no guarantees.”
A receptionist at the state agency said she would pass any inquiries about the inspection on to her supervisors, who did not return calls Tuesday.
Newell said the agency has told them that due to vacations and illnesses, it is behind schedule. He said at one point it was proposed that a federal inspector do the job, an idea that was rejected.
“They’re a pretty independent agency and nothing moves until they say so,” said Newell, adding that he the agency is “making an honest effort to get this done.”
Newell said his office, now located in the courthouse, had planned to move on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
In preparation for the move, prosecutors worked with the courts to reduce their caseload and quite a bit of packing, including books and other documents, has been completed, he said. Now, prosecutors and office staff will have to be ready to move in a moment’s notice despite the caseload at the time.
“This is complicating things,” Newell said of the delay.
Nevada County supervisors agreed in January to lease the second floor of the new building at 100 Union Street in Nevada City. The county will pay $579,000 over five years to rent the 6,000-square-foot office space.
Nevada County Executive Officer Rick Haffey said the county won’t begin paying rent until the District Attorney’s Office moves into the building.
To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4239.
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