County reopens courtroom after falling marble forced closure
SIOUX CITY (AP) — Months after a falling chunk of marble prompted the closure of a Woodbury County courtroom, officials say the space will reopen and ease scheduling problems in the 98-year-old courthouse.
The Sioux City Journal reports Courtroom 203 will reopen today, about five months after county supervisors ordered its closure.
They took the action after a 6-foot marble section detached and fell from a window assembly. Windows in the courtroom also bowed out.
Closure of the courtroom has been a headache for court officials, who have tried to shift hearings to other courtrooms.
Repairs to the courtroom will cost about $175,000.
Supervisors have set aside $450,000 for additional work on other courtrooms.
The Woodbury County Courthouse opened in 1918 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.