While it won’t be in time for the November ballot, county commissioners have agreed to look into placing a referendum before county voters to have the courthouse relocated to Eastpoint, along Highway 65, near the jail.

Commissioner William Massey surprised his colleagues with the request, arguing that a central location would better serve residents east of the Apalachicola River.

He got support for the ballot measure from Commissioner Cheryl Sanders. “It’s just to see if people would approve building a brand new one,” she said. “I don’t have no problem asking the people on the ballot. I want the information to see if we can put it on the ballot.

“I don’t know if I would put a nonbinding resolution on the ballot, though,” she said, noting that it would likely not be feasible until after the 2020 census.

“I’m pretty sure it has to be in the county seat,” said Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson.

County Attorney Michael Shuler agreed to research the issue.

“I think it should stay here,” said Commissioner Noah Lockley.

“It should be central to the county like the school and like the jail,” replied Massey.

Commissioner Ricky Jones joined Massey and Sanders in voting aye. while Chairman Smokey Parrish and Lockley voted no.

County Coordinator Michael Moron said after the meeting that Supervisor of Elections Heather Riley told him it’s too late for the November ballot.