Jun 24, 2014 7:15 PM by Jason Atcho
The Glenn County Courthouse in Willows will soon be getting a face lift. The historic courthouse in downtown Willows was built in 1894. After operating for over a century, it's become overcrowded, physically inadequate, and seismically unsafe. "You can well imagine after that period of time, we are in desperate need of reconstruction, renovation, and seismic upgrades," said Judge Peter Twede of the Glenn County Superior Court.
Buckling walls, leaky ceilings, electrical, and sewage are some of the issues being addressed with the renovation. "All of the electrical that is in the driveway out there has to be removed. We then have to construct underground sewage," explained Twede. The renovations will cost nearly $40 million. An additional two story building will be constructed and the original building will be renovated. "The historical part of the building is absolutely a first priority. People are going to be coming in and they're going to be removing doors and wainescoating. All of those historical things that can be salvaged."
The safety of the courthouse also provided a push for this project. Currently, prisoners walk down the same halls as everybody else. "They walk up the stairs and through the main court building, which is just a tragedy waiting to happen. This is one of the major reasons this is going on," said Twede.
Once the project is done, officials say it'll be a huge asset to the community. "We'll have three fully, capable, operable courtrooms. So I think everyone in the community is going to be very happy with that," said Twede. The county currently has 3 different locations and the project will help make everything centralized and economical. The project is slated to start in the summer of 2015 and be complete in the spring of 2017.