Traill County Commission

The Traill County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to spend $62,500 to pay for unexpected repairs to the Traill County Courthouse in Hillsboro.

Courthouse custodian Jenni Rubash told county commissioners that the Carrington, N.D., contractor making scheduled renovations to the courthouse this summer discovered more repairs were needed.

Specifically, the mortar between the bricks of the courthouse’s chimney and parapet wall needed tuckpointing to prevent further damage to the historic building.

Representatives from General Roofing and Construction recently gave Rubash a quick glimpse of the chimney’s exterior using a lift to show her why the work was necessary.

“There’s basically no grout left between the bricks,” Rubash told county commissioners. “(But) this isn’t something we budgeted for.”

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