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CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Board on Tuesday will field questions about an upcoming bond issue to finance courthouse repairs.

The board will conduct the state-required public hearing on the bond issue at the start of its monthly meeting. The regular business meeting will follow.

The board voted last month to approve a bond issue of up to $600,000, which will be repaid with county sales tax revenue.

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The highest priority among the planned projects is repairs the courthouse's lower-level elevator, according to board member Stan Metzger, chairman of the board's Finance Committee.

The elevator is used in conjunction with the building's handicapped accessible entrance at street level on the courthouse's south side. Metzger said work on the elevator should take place before the end of the year.

The other work would address the courthouse's roof and gutters, which Metzger said would probably take place next year.

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He said there will be a sign-up sheet for people who want to address the board about the bond issue, separate from the sheet to sign up to speak during the meeting's regular public comment period.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board's meeting room on the third floor of the courthouse.

Meanwhile, votes on the meeting's agenda include approval of a contract with ESI Consultants LTD of Charleston for bridge repair design work.

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The plan is to replace the deck of the bridge that crosses Greasy Creek on the Fairgrange-Bushton Road about three miles north of Rardin, said county engineer Rick Johnson.

With the proposed contract, the cost of the design work won't exceed around $27,000, Johnson said. He said the project will also need state approval and additional planning and the actual work is scheduled to take place in 2022.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave

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