June 7, 2012

Courthouse savers draw the line

Courthouse savers draw the line

The gauntlet has been thrown down. And McLean County Commissioners didn’t flinch. Now, a group wanting to preserve the existing McLean County Courthouse is threatening to take things further, saying they plan to circulate a petition, recalling all three county commissioners. The group also threatens a court injunction if commissioners don’t reconsider plans to demolish the old courthouse.
Commission chambers were packed Tuesday as many preservationists came to have their voice heard. They continue to hold out hope that there is some way to make more time to save the courthouse.
Dennis Kost, Washburn led the presentation. He asked for time – not only to speak, but also time to reconsider demolition.
Dave Nelson of Leaf Designs, Bismarck, presented ideas as to how the old courthouse could be utilized. “It’s an iconic, historic building and, I think, has some life in it,” he said.

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