The Yadkin County Courthouse has been undergoing some updates recently. The building, originally constructed in 1958, is in the process of receiving something of a facelift with a new paint job on the outside. The formerly yellow shade of siding and brick work is being coated with an epoxy-based, long-lasting paint in a dark shade of gray.
“It’s something we’ve talked about for several months,” Commissioner David Moxley said of the building’s updates.
The improvements to the nearly 60-year-old building began earlier this year inside with new LED lights. Duke Energy offered a stipend for businesses converting to the new lights as it is an energy saver. The new lights also have been added at area schools as well as the Yadkin County Human Services building.
Moxley said once the new lighting was installed at the courthouse, other things were more noticeable that needed updating.
The commissioners have worked with a committee of courthouse employees to determine the items to be fixed. New carpet has been installed in the clerk’s office and will be installed soon in other areas of the building.
As far as the painting of the outside, the initial plan was to only paint the upper portion, Moxley said. Paint colors were considered by looking at a computer-generated mock up of how the building would look. Due to the unusual light yellow shade of brick on the lower portion of the building, there didn’t seem to be a color that would match. Moxley said he and Commissioner Marion Welborn were initially against painting the brick, but after looking at the computer-generated model, it was determined as the only suitable way to update the building.
“We finally decided just to go ahead and paint it to update it,” Moxley said.
Other updates also are to be made to the outside of the building. The flag pole on the State Street side of the building will be moved to a more visible location. The words “In God We Trust,” which are on the west side and the side of the building facing State Street, also will be added to the Elm Street side of the building, where the main entrance is.
“There’s some ongoing improvements, it’s not all going to be done at one time,” Moxley said.
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