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Supervisors Finalizing Plans for Courthouse Reopening

May 26, 2020 11:11am

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors will have a special meeting this Thursday afternoon to finalize plans for reopening the courthouse, which still has a target date of June 8th.

Supervisor Rhonda Ringgenberg has put together a draft plan, and appointments would be required for all departments. Ringgenberg said some counties have shortened courthouse hours. Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Joe Keller said they plan on doing sanitation rounds every hour, and he doesn't feel that limited hours would be very effective.

Supervisor Paul Merten questioned if it could be made a requirement that members of the public wear a face mask while in the courthouse. County attorney Paul Allen felt that after conversations with other attorneys last week that city or county government could not require people going into a public building to wear a mask.

Allen said regular court activities are now delayed until July, and jury trials are delayed until September.

Public Health Administrator Pam Bogue said she's in favor of postponing opening the courthouse a little bit longer because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in BV County. Merten argued that BV County needs to accommodate their residents, and not force them to go to another county for services.