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Changes coming to Courthouse front lawn

The two large Oak trees which have been on the Pierce County Courthouse property for generations could be removed as the front lawn is targeted for a massive renovation project. -- Photo by Bill Kirk

The front lawn of the Pierce County Courthouse is going to be undergoing a renovation.

That seems to be about the only certainty at this point as it was announced during a County Building Committee meeting April 8.

Seven residents came to the meeting looking for further information such as how much, when, and how long. Those answers are still unresolved, but the why, was answered by committee member Ken Snow, who listed multiple factors.

The retaining wall and sidewalk around the front of the building are in serious need of repair and has been on the committee's 'to-do' list for some time.

"They are an accident waiting to happen," he continued. Administrative Coordinator JoAnn Miller said it was found to be cheaper to grade it out and slope the lawn down rather than install a new retaining wall.

As a result, the move affects what drew the residents to the meeting - the status of the two large oak trees which have been on the Courthouse property for generations.

Snow explained the committee has had experts, including from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, who have told them, due to the trees' location, half of the room needed for the roots to grow and nourish has been taken up by the sidewalk and street. Throw in the veterans' memorial and the half shrinks further.

For more please read the April 17 print version of the Herald.

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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