OLIVET, S.D. (AP) - A county commission is moving forward with plans for a new $4.5 million courthouse in southeast South Dakota amid opponents trying to put the project to a vote.
Hutchinson County's current courthouse was built in 1881 and is the oldest in use in the state.
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that county commissioners decided Tuesday to pursue property for the new courthouse in Olivet, just west of the current courthouse. The facility is projected to cost $4.5 million.
Auditor Diane Murtha says they'd like to start construction this spring, though no final decisions have been made.
Olivet resident Josh Hora says opponents are circulating a petition to put the proposed courthouse on the ballot.
Commissioners will hold a public meeting about the project sometime this month.
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