BEATRICE – The Gage County Board has approved one of the final phases of exterior repair to the historic county courthouse.

The board Wednesday approved the bid of Masonry and Restoration Services, totaling over $213,000. This next phase is for repair and restoration of the courthouse clock tower and chimneys.

"It's a pretty sizeable job. It will take about four months of work, so he would like to start on it in September of October....and just see how that finishes out....maybe come back in the springtime. That was some of the work, we always knew, was going to be a big job."

Gage County Building and Grounds Supervisor Dave Jones says the company will use a lift, and not scaffolding, to accomplish the work. Jones says some of the LED bulbs on the courthouse used in the holiday lights campaign will also be replaced.