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Repairs to Keweenaw County Courthouse may be coming soon

July 23, 2011
By Stacey Kukkonen ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

EAGLE RIVER - The Keweenaw County Courthouse could soon be receiving repairs while commissioners work to keep the historical integrity of the building.

The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Wednesday evening discussed repairs to the exterior of the building which are planned to be under way soon.

Siding is coming off the white building and roof shingles are being picked up and carried away with the wind and birds.

Currently, the board was searching for a company that made a color to match the building exactly. The project has been conducted by Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc., of Hancock, which found a company in Vermont that can match the paint exactly.

"It bothers me that we live in the middle of timber country and someone told you we need to get siding from Vermont," Commissioner Ernest Mooney said.

Commissioner Don Piche said if they can secure funding, he would like to see all new funding instead of a patch job. The commissioners plan to seek grants to fund the project.

"You're going to run into the same problem as you had before," he said.

Piche said it's important to fix the walls of the building because it is slowly being destroyed by moisture.

"Eventually, the roof is going to start leaking," Chair Randy Eckloff said.

Eckloff said the roof needs to be repaired before water leaks into the court, which was just remodeled and painted a few years ago.

All rehabilitation needs to be compliant with state regulations because the 145-year-old building is a state of Michigan historic site. Therefore, they cannot use metal roofs, Piche said. The last major reconstruction was in 1925.

The commissioners will continue to talk about repairs at future meetings, the third Wednesday of every month.



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