Mitchell County Officials Offering Video of Courthouse Issues Hoping to Sway Voters


By Liz Blood

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Mitchell County officials have fired up their video recorders to make the case for a more than $6 million bond sale to fund a new courthouse.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that maintenance crews have made a video showing structural problems at the Mitchell County Courthouse in areas not generally open to the public.

The 39-minute tour of the courthouse's mezzanine, courtroom, attic, cupola and crawl space under the first floor is filled with scenes of the underbelly of the 1858 building. The video is available at the county's public libraries and by contacting County Supervisor Stan Walk.

Voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to allow the sale of $6.5 million in bonds to demolish the courthouse and build a new one.

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