Drove by the courthouse square tonite, 2-12-2014. Building is a large pile of rubble surrounded by fencing. Sad.
According to the wcfCourier, the $6.5 million referendum to build a new courthouse went down to defeat by a 3-2 margin. According to the same newspaper, supervisors said they would pursue building a new courthouse, anyway.
This is the third oldest continually operating courthouse in Iowa. According to Supervisor Joel Voaklander, in the same wcfCourier report, because of the referendum result the county board will now study the possibilities of rehabilitating the old courthouse.
The Mitchell County courthouse is now closing due to structural problems in the walls and roof. Courthouse offices and personnel are being relocated to the Town & Country Plaza, a shopping center on east Main street, until repairs or replacement of this building are completed in 2 to 3 years.
Local citizens are trying to save the building from demolition.
The building's fate will be decided in the November 6, 2012 election.