Courthouse renovations on hold due to mudslide
Caroline Harris / (email@example.com)
Construction on the courthouse began on July 8. Building materials were coming in from Tennessee on Highway 194. With the road cut off, county manager Robert Wiseman said that the estimated13 month construction time will be extended.
Wiseman went on to explain that the road outage will also severely impact the delivery of critical public services, including emergency medical services, the fire department and solid waste management.
“Instead of minutes, you’re talking about triple, quadruple the time,” Wiseman said, and pointed out that while that may not seem like much, every second counts in some emergency situations.
Right now, Montezuma continues to be blocked off due to the construction, and the front entrance to the building is closed. Courthouse patrons are advised to enter by the side entrance on the right side of the building.
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