Repairs to courthouse in the works

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The Municipality of West Hants and the provincial government are funding some minor repairs to the Hants County Courthouse.

The municipality is splitting the bill for $28,000 worth of repairs to the Windsor-based courthouse with the province.

Warden Richard Dauphinee says this money will be used to complete a lighting upgrade, repair washrooms, fix the front door and install new flooring.

Dauphinee says West Hants is the only municipal unit in Hants County that continues to fund the courthouse.

“We try to keep court here for our residents so they don’t have to travel to Kings County or down to Halifax to go to court,” Dauphinee said.

“We’ve been working hard to keep it open.”

Wheelchair-accessible upgrades are not in the works for the weathered courthouse this year.

“It’s quite expensive to do that; they have to put in an elevator,” Dauphinee said.

“We’re looking at what kind of shape that courthouse is in and so is the province.”

Instead, upgrades have been made at the municipal office in West Hants to make the building accessible for wheelchair users. The council chambers can be used as a court room when need be.

 

Organizations: Municipality of West Hants, Hants County Courthouse

Geographic location: West Hants, Hants County, Kings Halifax

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