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Courthouse front lawn project delayed

When the two large oak trees were taken down earlier this spring in front of the Pierce County  Courthouse, county officials stated it was part of a larger plan to renovate the front lawn entirely which would be done around August at an estimated cost around $95,000.

Tuesday during the Building Committee meeting, it was reported that the county has received two bids for the project and the costs were a little off from the $95,000 figure. One was for $219,000 and the other was for $183,077.

Those bids were rejected, meaning the project will be on  hold for awhile.

Administrative Coordinator JoAnn Miller said the county will start the bidding process in January and February with a new goal of being done sometime in the spring.

Miller opined the inflated bids were due to the compressed construction season thanks to the snowstorm in May.

“We will hold off and get a better price next year,” she said.


The safety and security measures around the Courthouse continue as the committee approved limiting public access by locking all doors except the front and elevator entrances.

Courthouse Security Officer Adam Olson called this request a very cheap and low maintenance solution.

“We want to focus the security on these two entrances,” he said, noting funds were approved for the purchase of surveillance cameras for the front door during a Courthouse Security Workgroup meeting, held prior to the Building meeting.

The request next goes to the Finance and Personnel committee, who next meets Monday, Sept. 9.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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