Renovation extends life of courthouse

September 6, 2018

The Saline County Courthouse following renovations. Built in 1929 and with care and maintenance it will used another 200 or more years.

The Saline County Courthouse renovation project started three years ago.

“We needed to update the building, but it was really a concern for general public safety,” said Willis Luedtke, Saline County Commissioner of 20 years.

The Courthouse was built in 1929 and with the addition architects have said the building has the potential to be used for another 200 or more years.

The additional space allowed the county attorney, probation and the emergency manager to be housed in the Courthouse.

“It has made operations more efficient for the public,” Luedtke said.

The jury rooms and vaults were relocated. The bathrooms were updated and there is additional parking.

“It’s more accessible for service and the employees” said Luedtke.

“Security was added insuring that everyone who enters the building goes through a metal detector. We also added an elevator,” Luedtke said. “Because the building is on the National Register of Historical Buildings, we had to be careful how we made changes. We also have a volume of records and needed more storage.”

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