In response to a petition totaling nearly 100 signatures by citizens of tiny Alpine County, the Board of Supervisors has granted the public’s request for a special meeting to discuss the courthouse’s future. It will be 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Administration Building in Markleeville. Petition proponents are hoping that maybe, just maybe, the board will reconsider proposed changes to the old Courthouse that many residents fear would irrevocably damage the historic integrity of the building.
Opponents of the alterations believe that ADA issues with the current Courthouse can be solved far more simply, and far more cheaply, by put in a ramp or a lift at the existing front entrance. While expressing no opinions on ADA or other considerations, the judges have indicated that many of the security concerns could be addressed by an alternative to the present plan. Local law enforcement officers have also indicated that security concerns could be addressed in other ways.
According to one local contractor, doing away with the proposed connector could actually save the county money (potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to this contractor’s guesstimate).
Please plan to attend the public meeting on Friday and bring like-minded friends. This is your last chance to make your voices heard about the value of preserving this beautiful old historic building, intact, for future generations.
Nancy Thornburg, Wanda Coyan, Karen Dustman