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Justice Center fails initial inspection by fire marshal

Updated: Jul 22

MOUND CITY – The new Linn County Justice Center is not ready for occupancy, at least not yet.

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend said on Friday, July 8, that the inspection by a representative of the Office of the State Fire Marshal earlier in the week found a few items that would keep the office from issuing a certificate of occupancy.

He said those items included missing "Exit" signs, a fire door that didn't meet specifications and a couple of other minor details. Those are items that must be addressed by the contractor for the project, River City Construction.

Friend said he did not know when those issues would be corrected and when the re-inspection would occur. He did say that the failure to pass inspection could push back the operation of his office as well as the court system in the building for another 30 days.

On Tuesday, July 5, Linn County Commissioners discussed when an open house will be held for the new Justice Center building. County Counselor Gary Thompson said that the county must receive a certificate of occupancy for the building from the state fire marshal before an open house could be planned.

He said that county maintenance manager Rick Castle would like to see an open house held before all the offices move in.

Thompson said he would reach out to the sheriff, the architect and River City to see what could be scheduled.

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