Katy Nesbitt
The La Grande Observer

ENTERPRISE — Visitors to the Wallowa County Courthouse will discover a modern convenience on the main floor of the 109-year-old building: the addition of an elevator.

Part of a two-year, two-part renovation, the elevator was deemed in working
order before the end of March. By the second week of April, the finishing touches to the remodeled second and third floors were completed. The commissioners and their staff, who “bunked in” with the treasurer, assessor and clerk’s offices for several months, are now settled into their new space on the courthouse’s third floor.

“The third floor has totally been renovated to accommodate the three commissioners, the administrative director, executive assistant and a small office for the Wallowa Lake Service District administrator,” Commissioner Susan Roberts said.

It wasn’t that long ago the only occupants of the top story of the courthouse were birds and squirrels. Formerly offices, the floor for decades was used to store documents. A few years ago the old jail on the main floor of the courthouse was remodeled into a document storage area to make way for the installation of a new roof, completed in October 2016.

Today the planning office, formerly in the basement, occupies the old jail on the main floor, giving its staff a sunnier workspace and visitors easier access. Now the county’s clerk, assessor, treasurer and planning offices are all within a few steps of one another.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer