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Washington County Courthouse Rennovations

As she fills up moving boxes from her old office, Trudy Wills reflects on what the Washington County courthouse building meant to her.

"No telling how many people have gotten married in this building you know. A lot of couples are going to remember getting married out on the courthouse steps. I’ve married a few couples myself out under the oak trees just since I’ve been working here,” said deputy clerk Trudy Wills.

It's more than just a job for Trudy.

She's part of a plan to relocate about twenty courthouse employees all around the county.

The reason is moisture problems in an old building.

Mold and mildew is in the Washington County Courthouse's basement.

It is taped off right now at the moment. This was caused because of heavy rain over the summer.

"The commissioners realized due to health reasons we had to be moved out of the building.
We would have as much as two to three feet of water in the basement," said clerk of courts, Linda Cook.

To keep the public and staff safe, commissioners decided it was time to move out.

Staff members will now move to the smaller courthouse annex right around the corner.

This move is temporary, but an exact date for when the building will re-open is unknown.

Staff members say the transition is bittersweet.

"I will put it to you this way I’ve seen a lot of tears this week and last week.

It's not something we can help.

People get emotional, change is always stressful.

Until the leak issue is solved, less space will have to do.

The Washington County Courthouse will be closed tomorrow.

It will re-open at the annex on Monday for regular business hours.

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