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Halifax County supes ponder next steps on courthouse / October 11, 2018

The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will meet in special session Monday to discuss the next steps in the Courthouse Renovation project after work was halted on a portion of the courthouse annex.

Board Chairman Dennis Witt has called for the special meeting after damage was found to the concrete frame of the annex building, which houses General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Renovation work on the 1960s-era annex building has been partially suspended while the county tries to figure out how extensive the damage is.

The special meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting of the Mary Bethune Complex.

Board members voted last week to spend up to $148,000 to hire structural engineers who can assess whether the structural integrity of the building has been compromised.

Interim County Administrator Dan Sleeper said yesterday that he hopes that the county will be able to save the $148,000 that has been earmarked to hire structural engineers, and supervisors are continuing to monitor the situation.

The damage was uncovered about six weeks ago after work crews demolished the walls to the building, revealing cracks and breaks in the underlying frame. Sleeper explained that work continues to some portions of the annex as well as to the historic main courthouse building. He said the pace of renovations has been delayed by several weeks, with the county facing a 2020 deadline for completing the project under a consent agreement with the state judiciary.

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