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June 9, 2014

Northumberland County Courthouse to reopen Tuesday morning

SUNBURY – The Northumberland County Courthouse will reopen Tuesday morning following an evacuation of the building on Monday. An evaluation of structural issues that prompted the closure of the 175-year-old building was completed on Monday afternoon.

Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi was called to the courthouse by Sheriff Bob Wolfe because an inspection of the 175-year-old building showed “fresh cracks,” Clausi said.

“I looked around and decided these were serious cracks and we needed to get an evaluation done of the building because our employees safety comes first,” Clausi said.

“We decided to shut the building down until it is determined to be safe.”

Clausi and Wolfe walked around the third floor of the courthouse and noticed several “fresh cracks,” Clausi said.

“These were new and they concerned me,” Clausi said.

“We can’t have anyone’s life in danger so this is the safest thing we could do right now,” Clausi said Monday morning.

Representatives of Larson Design Group of Williamsport inspected the building on Monday afternoon and cleared it to reopen on Tuesday.

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