In the most recent instance of a county office seeking relief from amassing record storage woes, 90th District Attorney Dee Peavy asked the Young County Commissioner’s Court for a viable solution to her growing file load.

At Monday morning’s Young County Commissioners Court meeting, Peavy and her legal assistant, Terri Rhodes, carried two empty file boxes to the meeting in what the two called a visual aid to illustrate how quickly her office is filling up.

“It’s not something that’s going to go away,” Commissioner Jimmy Wiley related on the storage issue. “It’s something that’s just going to keep getting worse if we don’t get on top of it now and get a system going. It’s going to keep stacking up on us.”

Commissioner Mike Sipes said that one temporary solution was to house the D.A.’s case files in an auxiliary building in Young County’s precinct 1, and County Judge John Bullock remarked that the option was worth looking into.

“I’ve already started,” Sipes said. “It’s a county building, and we’ve got juvenile probation records. We’ve got district attorney’s records. We’ve got a lot of the old office furniture that was the old jury box seats, the old jury wheel. All of that stuff is archived out there.”

Asked whether the court has considered including funds in the county budget for a salaried position solely for the digitization of records, officials said that was not a new topic.

“It’s been discussed at arm’s length over the last few years,” Bullock said. “But nothing that has been proposed in the budget for that, I don’t believe.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.