CASA, Chamber look to lease space from county facility

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE — A pair of local agencies would like to move their offices to space currently owned by Bullitt County government.

But, to make that happen, county officials are seeking the advice and guidance of the state Department of Local Government.

Currently, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are sharing space in rented facilities across from the courthouse.

The problem, according to CASA chairman Keith Griffee, is that both groups are out of space.

From CASA’s standpoint, proximity to the judicial center is a key since its volunteer staff works to make sure children in the court system are protected.

The agency receives no state or county funding, although Griffee said CASA groups throughout the commonwealth do receive government funding.

If possible, providing space would be a key help to CASA.

Lou Ann Moore, president of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, is also looking for additional space.

Under the proposal, the two agencies would share space with the Bullitt County Coroner David Billings in the former Red Cross facility. Currently, the parks and recreation office is there awaiting a move to the county facility on Saltwell Drive.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said fiscal court was willing to assist with the office space.

However, in talking with the state officials, there was some concern about the arrangement.

Griffee said he would talk with state officials about their concerns.

“This is something the county needs,” said Griffee.

He was concerned that other CASA programs in the state received direct assistance. In this case, he said financial help is not being sought. The agency is just looking for some space to be provided.

And Moore said she knows other Chambers in the state that also receive assistance from county government.