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Courthouse work sends pasty water over plaza timeline

PRESCOTT - Some regular early-morning users of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza were upset to see chalky water covering the popular hand-painted timeline on the north entry Thursday.

A contractor that has been remediating the nearly century-old courthouse has been working during overnight hours to avoid disrupting court proceedings and plaza events.

A subcontractor was cutting concrete on the north steps of the courthouse and that kind of work requires constant water, Van Keuren said.

The concrete dust mixed into the water could have hardened into the popular hand-painted timeline, Yavapai County Facilities Director Ken Van Keuren said.

So when county employees discovered the problem at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday and no contractor employees were on site, county employees immediately spent about 2.5 hours cleaning it up. The county will bill the contractor for the work, Van Keuren said.

"I've never seen anybody walk away from a mess like that," he said. "There were a lot of people upset."

Luckily the county puts a good sealer on the timeline every year to help protect it, Van Keuren added.

A vacuum should have been on site to prevent the water from running down the courthouse sidewalks, Van Keuren said.

Concord General Contracting Project Manager Bobby Mendoza said a Concord crew swept up the concrete dust and thought the water they were using afterwards was clean.

The white film on the water wasn't visible until it dried in the daylight after they left, he said.

Concord understands the importance of the prominent courthouse plaza to residents, he added. "It won't happen again, I'll guarantee that," he said.

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