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COURTROOM 3-24-14 LMS

The courtroom in the prestigious 105 year old Lemhi County Courthouse is going to be restored to its original historic glory, domed ceiling and all.

At the March 24 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners, Commissioner John Jakovac said the project will be opened for bids on March 31 and a walk through for interested contractors will be conducted on April 10th. He said the project will be presented as seven individual project segments.

The present acoustical tile false ceiling in the room will be removed to reveal the original dome above the courtroom. There will be some rearrangement of the witness stand and jury seating locations and lighting fixtures imitating the early 1900’s era will be featured.

Court activities will be relocated for the initial construction and work will be scheduled to allow resumption of courtroom use as soon as possible.

The restoration has been planned for a long time and funds will come from a Capital account established years ago specifically for the project.

Later in Monday’s meeting, an engineering firm new to the area was announced to the County Commissioners by Larry Wade of Wade Surveying. He said Northwest Engineering Services will be occupying an office in his 402 VanDreff Street business. Wade introduced Spencer Uminski to the board and pointed out the savings of having local access to engineering services.

For the time being Uminski will be in Salmon on a weekly basis and the local staff will increase as business warrants. He said North West Engineering Services currently employs several engineers and specializes in hydroelectric power development. The company is also licensed to do federal construction projects including bridges. He said his personal expertise is residential and commercial development and his partner specializes in structural engineering. He said the company will perform local jobs on an hourly rate basis.


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