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Marathon County has another construction option at courthouse

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Marathon County Courthouse and Jail. Image taken 6/16/2011.
Marathon County Courthouse and Jail. Image taken 6/16/2011.

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Marathon County’s Board of Supervisors has an additional option on the table for future courthouse space and department facilities. The county’s Executive Committee narrowed down the options to two in early November, but now their consultant has put a new option on the table.

County Board Chairman Gary Wyman says it’s a long term process designed to get the most efficient use of space and convenience for everyone that uses county services.

He says the board will probably discuss all three options at Tuesday’s meeting.  Wyman says actual construction may not start for years, but they want to develop a plan now based on what is needed.

Preliminary plans call for tearing down the older southern section of the existing courthouse and adding more space on top of the courthouse and to the east and west sides. Early estimates put the construction costs around 65 to 70 million dollars.

Plans also include a new two story jail addition and several security features for court-related areas of the building.

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