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Water line break closes courthouse

Posted 5/31/16 (Tue)

Water line break closes courthouse

By Cecile Wehrman
County employees got an extra long break over Memorial Day, due to a water line break beneath the building. The courthouse reopened for business Tuesday.
Divide County Commissioner Gerald Brady said they have been aware for awhile that water was being lost on the property, but it wasn’t until excavation for the courthouse addition began filling with water that the source became apparent.
“It’s been determined we have a leak under the building,” said Brady. “They can’t work on any footings or foundation work until we have the water problem solved.”
With timing of the courthouse construction adhering to a tight schedule -- and no bathroom facilities as a result of the break -- commissioners determined the only option was to close the courthouse on Friday. It was already scheduled to be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. A plumber, over the weekend, installed temporary lines to bypass the break.
“That will all be removed when we get the new bathrooms,” said Brady, in the new addition, but that means the temporary fix will have to last about a year.
One of the key issues driving the new $10 million addition was the condition of the 100-year-old plumbing in the courthouse. It was already planned that once the new addition opened, all water service to the original structure would be discontinued in order to prevent future damage to the historic landmark.