The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors has accepted a contract for restorations to the county courthouse at a cost of $38,200.
McGill Restoration of Omaha will perform the work, starting at the beginning of the summer.
"It calls for the complete restoration of the tuckpointing, general cleaning, masonry repairs and water repellents," said Dewyne Stucnyski, courthouse custodian.
Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors chair Lorna Burnside said the restoration is a "pay now or pay more later" situation.
"We'll be cleaning and sealing the structure," she said. "We'll go through the whole outside of the courthouse, which hasn't been done for over 13 years."
"All of the exterior surfaces need to be cleaned with water pressure and chemicals as necessary to remove surface dirt, atmospheric stains and organic stains," Stucnyski said.
The stone that makes up the courthouse's exterior is kosata stone, a kind of limestone. "If that isn't properly maintained it gets ruined," Stucnyski said.
The restoration will be funded partially through money in the current budget and from next year's budget as well.
The board of supervisors also accepted the recommendation of the county compensation board calling for 4 percent pay increases for the county attorney's office, auditor's office, recorder's office, sheriff's office and treasurer's office. The supervisors will receive a 2 percent pay increase.
Read the rest of this article in the 2/10 Pilot Tribune.