For years, the historic architecture of the Clark County Courthouse has been obscured. Courthouse sewer lines have had drainage problems, and bird droppings have created health issues. But lately, county officials have decided to get to the root of the problem.
Four pin oak trees that stood in the courthouse's front lawn were removed in November, and the Clark County Fiscal Court voted last week to remove four Bradford pears along the Court Street side and a silver maple and Shumard oak in the back.
Officials hope removing the trees will boost the courthouse's visibility and help eliminate drainage and moisture problems that have caused structural damage to the building over time.
County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said the Fiscal Court voted to remove the trees after reviewing recommendations from the county's landscape committee and an expert study on historic landscaping.