- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Crews are working on top of a Nebraska county courthouse that was damaged by high winds earlier this year.

The work was expected to wrap up Thursday on the Gage County Courthouse, the Beatrice Daily Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1nSIjL7 ). Dave Jones, the courthouse’s building manager, said the damage was caused by March storms and was not discovered until workers examined the rooftop.

Workers are using a crane, which costs between $1,200 to $1,400 to rent per day, to help tackle several minor issues, including repairing a large stone that shifted atop of the building.

“The very top stone shifted and I cannot explain why,” Jones said. “I don’t know what happened, but Masonary Construction is coming over and going to straighten it out. I wouldn’t say it’s routine maintenance, but it’s just something that happens with a big old building when the wind blew through here like it did.”

Insurance is expected to help cover some of the repair costs.

The courthouse is still open, but some entrance doors have been closed during the repairs.

More stonework is planned for later this month on the building’s southeast corner.

“If you really study this building, you can see where it’s flaked off,” Jones said. “We want to repair that to prevent it from going any further. Every year we’ll probably just pick another spot. It’s routine maintenance. The stone is 120 years old now. It needs a little attention.”

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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