Initial courthouse stair work finished

Initial courthouse stair work finished

Macoupin County CourthouseBy Daniel Winningham
Prep work on the Macoupin County Courthouse’s north steps was completed late in July.

Steve Smith of James Staat Tuckpointing of St. Louis performed the work, using a series of chemicals and power-washing equipment to primarily clean the steps.

“(The first phase) just consisted of cleaning it all up, and getting it down to bare stone so we could assess the real damage,” Smith said July 29.

“These days, there are so many more materials we could use, there’s such a better selection, that however we fix it, it will be just as good as new,” he said.

The next step is to have masons come in and repair or replace stones, Smith said.

“We’ll have our stone masons in to fix all the stones,” he said.

Smith was on the job five days a week, eight hours a day.

Architect Matt Loyet gave members of the county’s Public Services Committee an update on the project July 29.

“What we’ve found is when they took the coating off, a lot of those base stones were covered with a cementitious coating, to cover up some damaged stones,” he said. “We’re going to try and repair what we can and bring it back to its original condition.”

The initial cleaning cost the county a little more than $20,000.

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