Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 26, 2013

Falling plaster causes courthouse entry closure

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Add falling plaster above the main entrance of the Navarro County Courthouse to a list of problems at the facility this month that has frustrated employees and visitors alike.

The county has been suffering through problems with its outdated telephone system for several weeks now, and its to the point that reaching some offices is nearly impossible, County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr. said Thursday.

Then, plaster falling from between the columns directly above the main courthouse entrance at the top of the steps on Third Avenue has forced the county to close that entrance.

Davenport said they discovered the falling plaster Thursday, and decided to close off the main entrance as a precaution to protect the public from falling plaster.

Those needing to enter the courthouse should use the Third Avenue basement entrance under the main staircase, or the north entrances, Davenport said.

The main courthouse entrance will remain closed until further notice, Davenport said. He’s contacted the State Historical Commission along with the county’s restoration project architects for their ideas on how to deal with the falling plaster.

The judge said the county’s telephone problems won’t likely be a quick fix, either. Davenport suggested that members of the public trying to reach the Justices of the Peace offices would best be served by either going to the offices in person, or by emailing the individual JP offices using links that are available on the county website — www.co.navarro.tx.us — to try to complete their businesses.

Navarro County voters approved a $7.5 million bond issue in November to help fund a restoration of the courthouse which would address the facade and telephone problems with long-term solutions, but that process is still likely a few months away from starting.

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