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Iowa officials to 3D scan clock tower amid repair efforts

September 19, 2018

In this undated photo supervisor Merill Leffler, left, and Doug Vinson get a closer view of the Webster County Courthouse's iconic clock tower from the roof in Fort Dodge, Iowa. County officials in central Iowa plan to make a 3D scan of a historic courthouse clock tower to study how to repair the structure. (Joe Sutter/The Messenger via AP)

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — County officials in central Iowa plan to make a 3D scan of a historic courthouse clock tower to study how to repair the structure.

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the $72,200 plan with Shuck-Briston Inc. engineers, The Messenger reported . The project will also involve a crane to get measurements and details of the copper dome and a drone to take pictures.

“The courthouse, being over 100 years old, has normal wear and tear from mother nature,” Supervisor Nick Carlson said. “We’re going to do a study to see what we can do before it becomes a safety issue.”

The green clock tower was built in 1902 along with the rest of the courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The clock’s mechanics were most recently replaced in 2016.

The 3D scan will help show officials what needs to be done to keep the dome in good shape, said Supervisor Merrill Leffler.

“With this structure we deal with historic buildings stuff,” Leffler said. “Basically, we have to repair the clock tower when there is some damage to it.”

The scan hasn’t been scheduled, Carlson said.

Shuck-Briston will also examine the skylight in the county’s bank building. The firm will receive nearly $20,000 for construction administration, documents and building assistance.

“This is the skylight replacement we have talked about and budgeted for a couple years. It has finally come to the top of our list,” Supervisor Mark Campbell said. “We will have plans and specs this fall, for the project possibly this spring.”

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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