Officials evaluating 154-year-old Iowa courthouse

Published On: Dec 17 2012 01:43:51 PM CST
OSAGE, Iowa (AP) -

Authorities say they're evaluating a 154-year-old courthouse in northeast Iowa that was shut down earlier this year.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports supervisors in Mitchell County approved a contract this week with firm FEH Associates of Des Moines. The company is expected to look into preserving the aging structure, which was built in 1858 and was shut down because of safety concerns.

The city plans to spend more than $67,000 to review the building, assess its rehabilitation and hold public presentations.

Mitchell County residents recently rejected a plan to spend $6.5 million to demolish the building for a new courthouse.