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County puts old courthouse out to bid

Bid opening set for Nov. 6 meeting


by: HOLLY M. GILL - Jefferson County will open bids on the old courthouse/city hall building at its Nov. 6 meeting.The Jefferson County Commission will consider bids for the old courthouse on D and Sixth streets at its Nov. 6 meeting.

On Sept. 11, the commission unanimously declared the 1917 courthouse — which first served as the Madras City Hall and then the county courthouse — surplus property, clearing the way for the county to dispose of it by either selling it or tearing it down.

Built of unreinforced brick, the building's exterior has several cracks, but the most serious problem is the crumbling concrete in the foundation.

This week, the commission is advertising the building for sale. Sealed bids will be opened at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6.



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