County and City to Meet on Old Courthouse; Old Jail Likely Coming Down

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 5:15 am

The future of the old Pine County courthouse remains unknown, but talks are open regarding what to do with the facility.  The Pine County board met Tuesday in Sandstone and discussed potential uses for the building.

Pine County Coordinator Mark LeBrun says the county is leaning towards keeping the courthouse and tearing down the old county jail.

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LeBrun says the costs of tearing down the old county jail ranges from $35,000 to $75,000.   LeBrun thinks the cost is likely closer to the former because he says the county can recycle the steal, block, and brick, which can potentially go toward road projects.  He adds that crews will also do initial cleanup of the interior, which will cut costs.

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Earlier this month, the Pine City council rejected the county’s offer to use the old county jail for a new city hall, instead the council requested to sit down with LeBrun and county board members to talk about occupying a floor in the old county courthouse for city hall.

The county board agreed, Tuesday, for LeBrun and commission Steve Hallan to meet with the city council.  The group is scheduled to hold a private meeting on the courthouse Wednesday.

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