Judge hopes to renovate 100-year-old courthouse

Judge hopes to renovate 100-year-old courthouse
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - As the Poinsett County judge works on exterior courthouse renovations, he eventually wants to get work done inside the courthouse.

According to Judge Bob Cantrell, they recently renovated the courthouse yard by laying new sidewalks, upgraded landscaping, and purchasing a sprinkler system.

Now, Cantrell is turning his attention to the interior of the courthouse.

However, funding is an issue.

"These things don't happen overnight," Cantrell said. "We have the time. We just don't have the money."

Cantrell said doors are rusting, and several offices have water damage.

"We do have mold," Cantrell said. "It's in the basement."

Cantrell said the mold is not a health hazard for employees, though.

He said the building is nearly 100 years old and has not been taken care of as it should have been.

"We are always interested in grants," Cantrell said. "There's grant money out there. We apply for it. We have applied for a $5,000 grant, but it's not 100% sealed yet. Hopefully, we can get that."

Cantrell said they also take donations to help improve to the courthouse. Anyone interested in donating can call 870-578-4410.

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