To the editor:

The Beadle County Courthouse was constructed in 1924. It’s in its original location as is its jail and police. It is historic and it features an addition.

The Brookings County Courthouse was constructed in 1912. It’s in its original location as is its jail and police. It is historic and it features an addition.

The Brown County Courthouse was constructed in 1904. It’s in its original location as is its jail and police. It is historic and it features an addition.

The Codington County Courthouse was constructed in 1907. It’s in its original location, but the jail and police are in a different location. It is historic and it features an addition.

The Davison County Courthouse was constructed in 1937. It’s in its original location, but the jail and police are in a different location. It is historic and it doesn’t feature an addition.

The Lawrence County Courthouse was constructed in 1907. It’s in its original location, but the jail and police are in a different location. It is historic and it features an addition.

The Pennington County Courthouse was constructed in 1922. It’s in its original location, but the jail and police are in a different location. It is historic and it doesn’t feature an addition.

The Lincoln County Courthouse was constructed in 1875, followed by a second building in 1900 and a third building in 2008. It’s in its original location, as is its jail and police. It is historic and it features an addition.

The Minnehaha County Courthouse was constructed in 1996. It’s in a different location, as its jail and police. It is not historic and it doesn’t feature an addition.

The Union County Courthouse was constructed in 1978. It’s in a different location, as is its jail and police. It is not historic and it doesn’t feature an addition.

The Yankton County Courthouse was constructed in 1974. It’s in a different location, but its jail and police are in the same location. It is not historic and it doesn’t feature an addition.

The Clay County Courthouse was constructed in 1912. It’s in the same location, as is its jail and police. It is historic and it features an addition.

Contrary to what the Courthouse Building Committee claims, you can still use historic buildings and rehabilitate them while remaining cost efficient. When you look at it, most of the counties have added on to suit their needs while maintaining the safety and historic appearances of their courthouses.

Others have maintained their historic courthouses and moved law enforcement/jail facilities elsewhere, some next door, some across town. Some have erected buildings for the business functions of the county in a different location, usually nearby.

Why can’t Clay County do the same while letting its historic courthouse continue to perform the essential functions that it already does? If necessary, separate the two from each other, like other counties, but at all costs, maintain and repair the current Clay County Courthouse.

Vote no on the bond in June.

Tom Thaden

Past president, Clay County Historic Society

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