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Several courthouse offices to close during renovations

Several Lawrence County Courthouse offices will be closing at various times throughout this week to allow workers to install new windows in the main part of the building.

The treasurer’s office will be closed a half a day Monday, Treasurer Stephen Dale Burcham said.

County Auditor Ray T. Dutey said his office will be closed all day Tuesday for the same reason.

“We’ve got 10 windows and it’s going to take all day to get it done,” Dutey said. “With the windows being out and the cold, we couldn’t keep it (the office) open.”

The engineer’s office will be closed all day Wednesday and the recorder’s office all of Thursday. The windows in the commissioner’s office have already been replaced.

This is part of an energy efficiency project at the courthouse funded last year by House Bill 295, which allowed the county to get third-party financing for as long as 30 years to make renovations provided the project pays for itself. An energy audit performed by the Cincinnati-based Perfection Group showed the county spends $100,000 a year on utilities for the courthouse, the jail and the job and family services building.

The $820,552 list of improvements includes upgrading lighting at the courthouse, and other county buildings, overhauling the heating and air conditioning system at the courthouse, installing new windows in the original section of the courthouse and installing water conservation upgrades.