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Randolph County Courthouse slated to see upgrades

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley The Randolph County Courthouse is scheduled to receive several upgrades, including COVID-19 related renovations to the Circuit Courtroom as well as pressure washing for the outside of the building.

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission has approved a pair of upgrades to the Randolph County Courthouse.

The commission unanimously approved making COVID-19-related renovations to the Circuit Courtroom, and to also pressure wash the outside of the Courthouse.

To protect against the spread of coronavirus, the chairs in the courtroom will be reupholstered. They currently feature cloth.

“Under the COVID act, any cloth seating like that is eligible to be replaced,” said County Commissioner Mark Scott. “We have a person that is going to come in and replace the cloth with naugahyde and the cost per chair is going to be between $40 and $50. You have a lot of people sit in those chairs and with new upholstery we can just wipe them down.”

The second upgrade will take the form of sprucing up the outside of the courthouse building. Commissioners said it has been several years since anything has been done as far as cleaning the actual building itself, which prompted a facility facelift.

“In keeping with what Elkins is trying to do to keep the city nice and the beautification projects that’s going on in town, one of the things I’ve noticed is that the courthouse is looking kind of tired with that black soot that is all over the building,” said Commission President David Kesling. “We have a proposal to pressure wash the courthouse and the monuments out in front of the building. It’s something that hasn’t been done in a long time and needs done.”

The commission unanimously approved having the pressure washing done by Matt Ogden, with the cost not to exceed $5,500. The money will come out of the courthouse maintenance fund. Commissioners said they hope to have the cleaning done by Election Day on Nov. 3.

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