STANFORD - The rain and wind that have taken a toll on the Lincoln County courthouse dome for decades have slowed restoration efforts as well, though not by much, said Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert.
"The rain has set us back some," but nothing worth panicking over, said Gilbert.
As it stands, the project is scheduled for completion by the first of September.
The dome was opened for the first time in years in early August. At that time, workers were sent up with shovels and particle masks for protection against the foul air, filled with the dust of rotting bird droppings and pigeon carcasses. The bell tower and dome floors were buried under moldy droppings and feathers. Broken glass shards hung in windows where the birds had flown into the portholes, the August heat and suffocating smell not escaping through the openings.
The windows have since been wired over, said Gilbert, the carcasses removed and ammonia sprayed in to kill the smell and disease.