OSAGE, Iowa --- The public can now view a video showing structural problems at the Mitchell County Courthouse.
The video shows areas the public ordinarily doesn't have access to. It was filmed by Mitchell County Courthouse maintenance supervisor Dave Hartogh and is available for public viewing by contacting Supervisor Stan Walk or checking out DVDs from the county's public libraries.
The 39-minute tour of the courthouse's mezzanine, courtroom, attic, cupola and crawl space under the first floor is filled with scenes of the underbelly of the 1858 structure.
Concerns with courthouse safety raised by a structural engineer prompted supervisors to shut down the courthouse in September.
The Board of Supervisors on Nov. 6 will ask voters to allow the sale of $6.5 million in bonds to demolish the courthouse, build a new one and pay related expenses.
Plans for now are to move county offices to the Town and Country Plaza after the election. Court offices are expected to move to the Fox River site.