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  • Courthouse renovation on track despite setback

  • Plans to reopen the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square on Sept. 7 remain on track.

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  • Plans to reopen the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square on Sept. 7 remain on track.
    The Jackson County Legislature on Monday approved a $48,330 change order to the $5.08 million contract with Universal Construction of Lenexa, Kan., for renovations to the building that dates to 1838, just a dozen years after the county itself came into existence with Independence as the county seat.
    The added work in the contract is because of damage to the ceiling and some walls after a heavy rainstorm last month. The county had set aside extra funding for such contingencies when it started the interior renovation. Monday’s action, officials said, means Universal can go ahead and make the repairs now instead of bringing in another contractor later. Universal is set to be done with the building by Aug. 20, giving the county time to move some offices in before Sept. 7.
    That date is important to county officials. It will be 80 years since county Presiding Judge Harry Truman rededicated the building in 1933 after an extensive renovation.
    The building, to which officials added Truman’s name several years ago, has been largely empty other than the Jackson County Historical Society for several years. The entire interior is being renovated, and the building will have space for the Historical Society; a city of Independence tourism center; county offices for collections, assessments, communications; and space to display art. The popular Truman courtyard, on the east end of the first floor just a few yards from the Truman statue, remains as well.
     
     
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