FOREST CITY | The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors is having a public hearing Dec. 19 on using general obligation bonds for repairing the exterior of the courthouse.

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in the supervisors' room at the courthouse.

Tuck pointing and brick and stone replacement have been going on for the past few years on the 110-year-old courthouse.

The county has been paying for the repair work through its general basic fund.

The cost of the work is now $300,000 over the original bid.

"The more we dig into it (the repairs) the more we find out is wrong," said Supervisor Bill Jensvold.

Freezing and thawing over the years has caused a lot of damage to the outside of the building, he said.

-- Mary Pieper

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