Crucial Renovations to Historic 
Truman Courthouse Completed

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, September 4, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.

September 3, 2009 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, September 4, 2009 celebrating the completion of Phase II renovations essential to saving the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse on Independence Square. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on the east side of the Courthouse facing Main Street. The Courthouse grounds have been returned to their appearance in 1933, the same year Harry S Truman, then Presiding Judge of Jackson County, oversaw a remodeling of the building.

The ceremony will include remarks by Sanders and Independence Mayor Don Reimal and immediately precedes the start of Independence’s annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days, the deadline Jackson County set for completing the renovations.

Phase II renovations started in March with the removing of the retaining wall that had been installed around the Courthouse’s perimeter as part of urban renewal project in 1972—the same year the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After every snow and rain, the wall trapped water around the Courthouse, causing deterioration to the foundation.  Noting the importance of this project County Executive Sanders said, “Continued deterioration of the foundation could have threatened the very existence of the historic Truman Courthouse.”

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