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August 27, 2014
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Demolition Soon for Clark County Courthouse
(2010-12-18)
The demolition of the Clark County Courthouse could begin any day now.
(wium) - The Clark County Commissioners have hired Zimmerman Excavating (Rutledge, MO) to tear down the roughly 135-year old courthouse in Kahoka.

Commissioner Jerry Neyens says county staff has already cleared out the building and removed the nearby trees.

He hopes Zimmerman Excavating will be able to come in within the next few days.The demolition is expected to cost about $87,000. Neyens says the work should be completed within 45 days of the project getting underway.

Neyens says the commissioners hope to seek construction bids early next year. He says architectural designs are about 95% complete.

Neyens says the project could get underway this spring. He says the commissioners would like to see a new Clark County Courthouse by late 2012.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office could alter that timeline.

Clark County received a $57,500 grant from the Historic Preservation Office in 2008 to stabilize the building. The commissioners have said, in the past, that that money was a gift and should not be repaid because demolition is planned.

A spokeswoman says the AG's office is preparing a motion to halt the demolition because the county has not repaid the grant.

Commissioner Jerry Neyens described the matter as being "in litigation at this time" and would not comment any further.

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