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Aurora County commissioners eyeing $2M courthouse renovation project

PLANKINTON -- The Aurora County Courthouse could be getting a major overhaul. The proposed renovation project to the 78-year-old building include updating the boiler system and sewer pipes and installing an elevator. The project carries an estima...

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PLANKINTON - The Aurora County Courthouse could be getting a major overhaul.

The proposed renovation project to the 78-year-old building include updating the boiler system and sewer pipes and installing an elevator. The project carries an estimated $2 million price tag, according to Aurora County Auditor Susan Urban. The county potentially would have to borrow more than $1.5 million.

Many of the necessary updates are needed due to the three-story building's age, Urban said.

"The building is just getting old and some of those things need to be dealt with now before it gets any worse," Urban said Thursday.

The commissioners will meet Tuesday to continue discussions about the courthouse renovation project - mainly whether the county feels it is more prudent to borrow money to complete the project or continue saving money in a capital outlay fund to be used in the future.

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According to Urban, there is approximately $490,000 currently available in capital outlay funding for the project.

Aurora County commissioners are in the early stages of planning, but many feel that the project should be completed before the building's needs become "emergencies," Urban said.

"It's still in the very early stages," she said. "Whether they choose to borrow the money or keep stocking away for capital outlay, it's not going to get any cheaper, I know that."

The courthouse was designed by Kings & Dixon, of Mitchell, which also designed the courthouses in Davison, McCook and Miner counties.

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