After years of looking for a space big enough to serve all the juvenile needs in Cape Girardeau County, officials have closed on a building. District 2 Associate Commissioner Charles Herbst tells KZIM KSIM the County purchased 2137 Rust Avenue to consolidate the Juvenile Department employees.
For more than 20 years the department has been operating out of the two separate spaces. The new building will also have enough space to facilitate moving juvenile court as well. Funds from jail bond refinance were used for the purchase. The building should be operational in May 2015. Associate Circuit Judge Scott Lipke says “As a Judge, I am always concerned about the safety of the individuals who come to Court and maintaining confidentiality in the cases which require it. This new location and consolidation of services under one roof will address both of those concerns.” The 32nd Judicial Circuit jurisdictional area includes Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, and Perry Counties, all of which participate in a cost share to operate the facility and services.