The Monroe County courthouse is undergoing renovations. Offices were closed today and will be closed again tomorrow while workers relocate to the Showers Building. Today they began moving their offices to a temporary location at the Showers Building.
Everything at the courthouse is being removed… people, bookshelves, and even small American flags. The last renovation to the Courthouse was in the mid 80s. Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling said the floors were overlooked and now are in need of major repairs.
“When they were built over 100 years ago, they used material that wasn’t that secure and they didn’t finish it quite as well,” she said. “There is so much more occupation of the building now than there was 100 years ago, even in 1985 when we did the redoing of the building itself. We didn’t know how much was going to be in there, and there is much more in there today than even 1985.”
In addition to floors, the renovations include electrical repairs and other upgrades to make the building more efficient.
Council Member Warren Henegar was a county commissioner at the time of the last renovations. He said that the current project will help preserve what he considers a work of art and a very important part of the community.
“It’s the only thing that keeps the different county together, that and IU basketball,” he said. “That’s the only thing that keeps us together. Now, after several years of less than stellar basketball teams, it’s only the Courthouse that ties us together in our very different county.”
County offices will reopen Monday morning at the Showers Building. You can access them by entering through the north entrance on North Morton Street— adjacent to the city government offices.