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Supervisors Consider Restoration Project of Courthouse

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors offered the local media an outside tour of the courthouse to illustrate how the exterior walls are crumbling and flaking away and showing signs of wear over the years.  The courthouse was constructed in 1901 and Supervisor Mark Loutsch says the supervisors want to preserve the courthouse, and he says it is time to conduct some restoration to the building.

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The supervisors have budgeted $150,000 for the project with up to an additional $400,000 in reserve.  Loutsch says the supervisors will utilize funds from the Local Options Sales Tax to help finance the project.  Loutsch says the supervisors were given a demonstration from a restoration contractor who is presently working on a church in Remsen.  Loutsch says the contractor restored a stone within the courthouse to the original color and texture.  Some skeptics may argue that a restoration project is not needed at this time, especially when budgets are tight.

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Loutsch compared the courthouse to a sand castle on a beach, saying that weather has taken its toll on the structure.

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