- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

COUNCIL, Idaho (AP) - A courthouse in western Idaho has been deemed unsafe and closed to the public.

Adams County building inspector Don Horton said the old county courthouse was condemned a few weeks ago, KTVB-TV reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/2mxJuHq ). The courthouse has been closed off to the public for safety reasons.

“We don’t allow people in it, we don’t allow cars going by it, and we don’t want the children going to school walking by it,” Horton said.

The old Adams County Courthouse overlooks the city of Council and has done so for more than 100 years. The building has been deteriorating for years despite nearly half a million dollars from the Adams County Historic Preservation Commission. The building hasn’t been in use for nearly two decades.

Horton said this winter’s harsh weather sped up the building’s deterioration.

He said it’s unclear what will happen to the old courthouse. The County will decide whether it should knock it down or repair it after consulting its insurance company and a structural engineer.

“We could leave it here, but I think the first earthquake we have it’s coming down,” Horton said. “These bricks are now apart basically in spots, you can see where it’s cracked on the top.”

Residents of Council said they have mixed feelings about losing the old courthouse. Some say it would be too expensive to restore, but others believe the property is worth the investment.

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Information from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/

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