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No longer batty at courthouse

Officials: Problem has been solved

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – Things went batty at the Old Lee County Courthouse, and it had nothing to do with the politicians. 

In time for Halloween, the county revealed it has dealt with bats in the old courthouse. At a Properties Committee meeting earlier this month, Chris Henkel, the official in charge of the building, said the county appears to have taken care of the problem, according to meeting minutes. 

The county hired someone to assess where the winged mammals could be coming in, and maintenance workers sealed several possible entrance spots and closed off areas in the attic, Henkel told the committee.

Since then, Henkel reported, the courthouse hasn’t had any bat issues.

In an interview Monday, County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy, said the bats seem to usually come this time of year and disappear after that. 

“We had a person come in and inspect where the bats were coming in,” Ketchum said. “He couldn’t find where they were getting in. We’ve haven’t seen one in a month. I’m sure they are up in the dome.”

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