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Historic Courthouse Facing Repairs As Pillars Decay

Historic Courthouse Facing Repairs As Pillars Decay

    Fears over the status of the columns at its historic courthouse, Lake County in the past week has begun taking measures to stabilize cracking pillars and closing walkways below while it considers its options regarding how to move forward.
    The pillars, which are prominent load-bearing features of the Lake County Historic Courthouse, are showing large cracks, outright separations, and other signs of decay.  A contractor was on site beginning late last week to cut samples from the pillars to gauge their condition, a move which was followed with plans to install straps on all the building’s pillars and to install additional safety measures below to protect any pedestrians walking below should a pillar give way.
    “The county has been proactive about the situation,” said Lake County Public Information Officer Sarah Lux.  “A contractor has been called in to assess the situation and determine next steps as to repairs.”
    No cost or timeline has been announced regarding repairing or replacing the pillars, and the building, which houses offices for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and also the Lake County Historical Museum, remains open.
    “For now, scaffolding is going to be added over the doors to ensure debris won’t fall on guests,” Lux said.  In some cases, the county has installed barriers to prevent the public from getting too close to the building where the pillars are located.