The Grant County Board of Supervisors has
approved a motion to take another step toward
making needed repairs to the Grant County
Courthouse in downtown Lancaster.
On a vote of 15-to-1, the board is sending out
a request for proposal to contractors to
determine what the work will cost.
The historic courthouse building is facing
some major maintenance issues, and
the building will continue to deteriorate
if nothing is done. An initial estimate
the county has received says it’ll cost
$2-million for the work…$4-million
if the county if puts it off for another
But the motion approved by supervisors
says the county can’t borrow money for
the courthouse work. Instead, Supervisor
Mark Stead of Platteville says the county
should use the money it has been
paying for the Administration
Building in downtown Lancaster.
According to Stead, using that money
will pay for the project by 2015, without
having to borrow funds. The motion
was approved on a 16-to-1 vote with
Supervisor Vern Lewison voting against
it. He called the payment arrangment,
“too good to be true.”
The county has been paying $780,000
a year on the Administration Building.
But that loan has now been paid-off
by county taxpayers.
In addition, the county board has also
approved a motion that says the money
that formerly paid for the Administration
Building, can only be used for work
on the courthouse. That’s because about
$250,000 of that money has already been
used this year to pay for other projects.
Earlier in the meeting, a motion to do the
courthouse project and renovate the
Grant County Jail at the same time, failed
by two-votes. This means the jail renovation
project is delayed until at least 2016.