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Date Set For Courthouse Dedication: Ceremony For Renovated Building Will Be At 2 p.m., June 26

While the newly renovated Washington County Courthouse itself is finished, some work still remains to be completed, and with good cause, as the building’s official dedication was scheduled for Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

At their regular meeting for May, held the evening of Tuesday, May 10 in the courthouse, more building issues were discussed by The Washington County Board.

The board approved $11,809 to Naturally Green for the landscaping around the building. In addition to laying sod, Naturally Green will also be planting bushes to help mitigate erosion.

The Girl Scouts have made a request of the board to plant trees, but the board did not approve this yet, saying that they need to see exactly what the Girl Scouts plans are first, as other trees have already been cut down.

The board also approved a change order from the renovation in the amount of $6,267.48, in order to help repair paneling and stairway wood, staining, turning a door around, and to build a podium for the county board meeting room.

The board did receive a reimbursement from the project though, with the county getting $67,898 back because worker’s compensation claims were not as high as they were expected to be.

Road Work

After hearing from County Highway Engineer Mitch Burdick, the board approved three resolutions for road projects.

First, the board approved a project for resurfacing County Highway 21 from Oakdale north to State Route 15. There will be lane restrictions but no closures are expected. The project was bid at $2,024,018.24 by Kilian Corporation of Mascoutah. This project will be paid for with a mix of federal and state money.

Next, design and engineering work for resurfacing of County Highway 23 was approved by the board. The project was estimated at approximately $1-million, with $800,000 coming from federal coffers and $200,00 being the local share.

Finally, the Peach Tree Road bridge project was bid by Lake Contracting of Addieville at $233,126, with the Township Bridge Fund covering $186,500, the county paying $23,313, and the Irvington Road District Bridge Fund also paying $23,313.