Clinton County Facilities Manager Corey Johnson anticipates that the old Clinton County Law Center demolition will be completed by the middle to end of October. 

Johnson told Clinton County Supervisors Monday the majority of the remaining work at the old law center will entail digging out the debris as well as digging underground to remove the remains of the basement and foundation. 

Abatement removal was done last week, Johnson said, and Detterman Excavating removed the blacktop lot. 

“Detterman Excavating has started, and they removed the blacktop lot because there’s a drainage field that they’re going to put in there right away,” Johnson said. “That way, we can get the cement contractor on site to start pouring sidewalks while they’re actually taking down the old law center.

“They did start taking down the old law center last week in the rain,” Johnson said. “Mostly on Friday after we removed the generators.” 

Both fire hydrants by the facility are caged, Johnson said, partly to protect the fire hydrant and partly as a way to control and monitor their use during the deconstruction process. 

“On dry days, when they start to crunch this rubble, they’ll actually have ... a unit they can attach to the fire hydrant and have a mist spraying on the building at all time to keep the dust level down to OSHA standards,” Johnson said. 

Johnson said it’s been “quite a job” preventing the public from walking through the area where the demolition is taking place. Workers put up an orange snow fence and barricades in the driveway and do not have work-zone signs in the area.

County employees chase individuals out of the area when they can, Johnson said, but he can’t have an employee constantly monitoring the area. 

“Then they go up alongside the courthouse and bend the orange fence out of the way to get through,” Johnson said. “And I know security’s been watching that at the courthouse, too.”

The demolition is a visible aspect of the project, Supervisor Chairman Dan Srp said, and the county has taken steps to assure public safety throughout the project’s duration.

“Certainly the snow fence and barricades and such, that’s all there in the interest of trying to provide safety to our public,” Srp said. “We know since we’ve started this thing that people don’t see signs all the time. They’ve run over snow cones or orange cones. They’ve been in places where they’re not supposed to be.

“We continue to try to do our best to provide that safe environment. But that’s really all we can do is our best,” Srp said. “And I think we’re more than adequate in that effort.”