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Stoddard Co. leaders look for funding to restore historic courthouse

BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) -

Board members in Bloomfield, Missouri are looking to restore their historic courthouse, but may have to do some recalculating on their budget.

Contractors estimate the cost to restore the courthouse built in 1867 at more than $500,000.

Some people in the community are surprised about that high price tag.

“I had no idea, I knew it would be a lot, but not that much," Debra Grebner said.

“That’s a lot of money, I hope we have enough grants to offset some of that cost," Penny Schatz said.

Grant board member Kathy Skelton initially thought a $70,000 was enough money, but sadly she was mistaken.

“Practical you can spend lots and lots of money in this building, but what we wanted to do was get it to where it didn’t leak and it preserved our clock," Skelton said.

The building currently needs a new electrical system, floors and ceilings, so the county agreed to add $30,000 to the project.

“We thought $100,000 would go towards fixing the copula, so the animals didn’t get in it," Skelton said.

The copula was added to the courthouse in 1909.

Skelton and county leaders were shock when an estimate came in for $580,000, not including labor.

 “I was surprised and concerned because I didn’t know how I would be able to write a grant for 500,000 almost 600,000," she said.

Bloomfield resident Penny Schatz agrees it’s a lot of money, but she would like to see the clock in use.

“It’s apart of history and I would love to see it working again," Schatz said. "It used to ding ever year or every day at noon. Everybody knew it was lunch time and it hasn’t worked in a long time and I know community misses that.”

While some other in the community agree, they feel the price tag is still too high.

“It’s a little too much for this community, yea," Grebner said.

There are some companies, including Mizzou Extension office, working out of the lower levels building.

The committee plans to now seek additional grant money to help restore the building.

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