May 17, 2022

Scaffolding rentals authorized for courthouse mural, painting restoration

Renting and installing equipment to cost $63K over 2 months

The peeling paint and damaged murals inside the courthouse are due to be restored this summer. The Jasper County Board of Supervisors on May 3 authorized the rental of scaffolding to complete the project.

Two months of scaffolding rentals for the interior courthouse mural and painting restoration is going to cost Jasper County more than $63,000.

The board of supervisors on May 3 voted 2-0 to approve the rentals, which will be provided by All-American Scaffold. Each month the county will be charged more than $31,588. Scaffolding will be constructed inside the courthouse to repair the peeling and damaged paintings on the dome.

Jasper County Maintenance Director Adam Sparks said the painting contractor expects the project will only take two months to complete. The painting contractor is going to be at the courthouse May 10 to walk through the facility Sparks said. By then Sparks thinks he will get a start date on the restoration.

“But as of right now it’s kind of early June, first week (or) second week of June is when I expect to see them on site,” Sparks said. “Once we figure that out we’ll call the scaffold guys and we’ll have them here, you know, a day or two ahead of that time so everything’s ready to go by the time they get here.”

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Christopher Braunschweig has a strong passion for community journalism and covers city council, school board, politics and general news in Newton, Iowa and Jasper County.