Many Thanks

Have you seen the construction going on at the "old courthouse" in Manassas? The building is being returned to Victorian era splendor, and when it's done, you will be able to lease the big courtroom upstairs for meetings and weddings. Exciting, but it didn't happen in a vacuum. First came the challenge of money.

As the citizen committee which formed to save the old courthouse, the Alliance for the Revitalization of the CourtHouse (ARCH) wishes to thank three [officials] for assuring that construction funding was put into place.

Sen. Charles J. Colgan sponsored a bill for a $150,000 historic grant to be matched by local government. He won that bill in a tight budget year, thanks to his seniority and clout. Because of him, the funding ball began to roll.

Board of County Supervisors Chairman Kathleen K. Seefeldt, under whose leadership the county matched the grant, gave the old courthouse project her active support. (Thanks also to the city, which matched the grant.)

Clerk of the Court Dave Mabie, whose staff will occupy the first floor, also has been actively supportive of the entire restoration. He asked the Board of County Supervisors to apply all overage funds from the clerk's office appropriation for last year toward old courthouse construction costs. Because of that, he helped assure no delays in construction because of unforeseen costs.

Thanks go to all elected officials who had a yes vote to give and gave it.

KATHY SOBRIO

ARCH Chair

Manassas

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