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Brown County settles dispute over tarnished courthouse dome

Posted: 3:43 PM, Aug 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 20:43:19Z

Brown County has settled a dispute with a Chicago engineering company over a tarnished copper dome atop the historic courthouse.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that the county's board of supervisors agreed to accept a $70,000 payout from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, which had recommended the county coat the dome with boiled linseed oil. County officials say the coating contributed to a rapid, blotchy discoloration of the dome.

The structure will be professionally cleaned of dark material believed to be mildew, and coated with an as-yet-undetermined sealant designed to preserve its shine.

The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.