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County Board approves courtroom remodel bid

MORRIS – How are the floors in a building counted? Is a lower level the basement or first floor? At Tuesday’s meeting of the Grundy County Board, there was discussion on what floor the upstairs courtroom was on: second or third.

The resolution presented to the board referred to the courtroom on the second floor of the building. But by some counts, the lower level of the courthouse was the first floor, meaning the courtroom receiving new seating would be on the third floor.

“When I was writing the resolution, it was my understanding the basement was still the lower floor and so the second floor being the upstairs courtroom,” Assistant State’s Attorney Perry Rudman said.

Rudman said the board could amend the resolution to the terminology it thought right to describe the courtroom. Board member Dick Joyce, D-District 3, suggested just using the word upstairs.

“That was my first choice,” Rudman said.

The board decided to refer to the courtroom as the upstairs courtroom for the resolution.

The project will replace the chairs in the upstairs courtroom with benches similar to church pews. Many of the chairs in the room are original and many have broken. For a while, the broken chairs were replaced with other wooden chairs from throughout the building, but those have run out.

The remodel also will replace the carpeting.

Narvick Brothers Lumber Company of Morris presented the lowest bid of $49,400, with an alternate bid to replace carpeting in the area where attorneys, jurors and the judge sit passed the bar. The alternate bid is an additional $8,388.

The Grundy County Board voted to approve the bid for both the pews and all of the carpet.

The expected completion date is in November.

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