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Commissioners open courthouse to public

The Warren County Courthouse is back open to the public.

The courthouse opened for the first time on Monday since a closure brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said during Monday’s work session that the district justice’s offices won’t be re-opening until May 11, but “everything else has gone very well.”

Eggleston, who Commissioner Ben Kafferlin described as the “hands-on project manager” for the reopening, said that the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is “screening at the front of the building” and has done a “wonderful job managing that (and) putting that together.”

He said the courthouse “didn’t have a ‘Black Friday’ surge that we expected… It’s been a very manageable stream of people.”

Protective shields were placed in courthouse offices to further limit staff-public contact and Eggleston thanked the maintenance staff for making those shields “tasteful” and appearing to be built in to the counters.

He said Chief Clerk Pam Matve worked to secure materials and cleaning products and to “get everything lined up” from a cleaning perspective.

“(I) feel the county is in a very good place, (a) safe place,” Eggleston said. “(We) will operate this way until we feel like we’re ready to transition.”

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