Dickinson County Supervisors Address Issues With First Phase Reopening Of Courthouse

Tue 6-16-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Courthouse has been open now for a couple of weeks or so on an appointment-only basis as part of the first of a three phase reopening of the facility. But the first phase has had some issues. 

The Board of Supervisors today learned of concerns with gatherings of people in the west foyer of the facility and that some business was actually being conducted there, and that some offices were making forms available there for the public. Supervisor Kim Wermersen expressed concern about saying it can't go on. A motion was then made and passed unanimously to have a table that's in that location and all forms that are in the foyer removed and that no business be conducted there. 

The supervisors also today (Tues.) approved a motion designating the south door of the courthouse as a dedicated entrance for staff to help reduce traffic at the west entrance of the courthouse. 

Supervisor Chairman Bill Leupold added that sooner, rather than later, they likely will have to look at reopening the courthouse on a much broader level. 

In other business the supervisors also today (Tues.) accepted a petition and appointed an engineering firm to look into drainage issues on the northeast side of Big Spirit Lake. Several landowners are requesting a drainage district be formed in that area.