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Clark County trying out courthouse entry plans

Clark County is placing temporary restrictions on entry to the courthouse in Neillsville as part of evaluating a single point of entry plan for security.

These temporary restrictions will be in effect Sept. 9 to 11 and again on Sept. 14 to 16. This is part of a long term process that is underway to plan for the safety and security of Clark County facilities.

From Sept. 9 to 11, employees and visitors to the courthouse will only be allowed to enter via the fifth floor entrance on the south side (E. 5th St.) of the building. Upon entry, employees and visitors will be screened for any weapons or contraband by law enforcement personnel before proceeding to their destination.

Everyone is reminded that there is a three hour limit on street parking in the areas around the courthouse so be sure to plan accordingly. Employees should utilize the parking lots on the north side of building along E. 6th Street.

On September 14-16, the single point of entry for all employees and visitors will be located on the first floor at the northwest corner of the building.

Again, there will be a screening station and everyone will be screened for weapons or contraband. Those with disabilities should use the fifth floor entrance and upon arrival at that entrance should call 715-743-3157 and choose option 1 to gain access to the building.

Employees and visitors who do not need parking accommodations should utilize the parking lots on the north side of the courthouse along E. 6th. Street.

These temporary restrictions are being used as part of the planning for courthouse and county facility security. The evaluation of these two trial periods will be used in future planning to guide long term decisions regarding the best ways to protect employees and visitors to Clark County facilities. Cooperation with these trials is appreciated.