The Wayland Town and Village Court is in the process of getting a whole new look after having received a $35,000 Justice Court Assistance Program grant.

The Wayland Town and Village Court is in the process of getting a whole new look after having received a $35,000 Justice Court Assistance Program grant.


While some work is being done on the outside — the removal of an archway on the front, a new roof and a new handicapped-accessible door in the back — the bulk of the work is being done inside.


Primary contractor for the work is Rick Tripp Construction. Gary Bauer replaced the roof last month.


The roof repair came from a $14,700 grant awarded to the village; the rest is from a $20,300 grant awarded to the town. No local tax dollars went to this project.


Those familiar with the setup of the court — formerly the Town Hall and still being used for town board meetings — will remember entering directly into a hallway with the code enforcement office on the left, the court clerks on the right, the walled-in courtroom straight ahead and a hallway that veered around the courtroom to the back offices.


Now, the floorplan will be more open. When one enters, they will essentially be in the courtroom. The clerks will still have their offices directly to the right. The judge’s bench will be just past the clerk’s office, against the wall to the right, with his chambers directly behind the bench.


Wayland Town Council meetings will be conducted in the more spacious courtroom.


Past the courtroom, the back rooms will encompass a secure waiting room for inmates, two new bathrooms, a spacious storage area that will occupy the former assessor’s office, and near the back door will be a private meeting room which has temporarily been the court clerk’s and judge’s offices during the renovation process.


The work should be completed by or around Sept. 1.


The town court intends to apply for a second JCAP grant that will become available Sept. 15.