Roger Croteau: Express-News
NEW BRAUNFELS — The Comal County Commissioners Court approved a deal to purchase three downtown lots for $1.5 million Thursday, with tentative plans to build a justice center there.
County Judge Danny Scheel said unlike towns where county offices are spread all over town, "I want all our offices downtown where people can find them and know where they are."
He said county officials had discussed moving offices to other areas, but, "In my opinion, that would have been suicide for downtown New Braunfels. It would have been a ghost town down here, and I want to make sure it continues to prosper."
"I share Judge Scheel's vision for what downtown should be," Bock said. "I'm very happy to be part of a growing downtown."
"We don't have a secure front door to screen people and make sure they don't bring weapons into the courtroom," he said. "It appalls me to see officers with rifles and shotguns outside my window because there is no place to securely unload the inmates when we bring them to court. We have 12 or 13 inmates sitting in the jury box in court because there is no secure place to keep them."