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Orleans County Courthouse infested by fleas

ALBION – Orleans County Court will be closed for the second consecutive day today as county officials battle a flea infestation in the County Courthouse.

Charles H. Nesbitt Jr., county chief administrative officer, said an exterminator sprayed the entire building Saturday and again Monday in an effort to stamp out the insects.

“It was first reported to me Friday,” Nesbitt said of the flea invasion.

Only court employees work in the three-story, 19th-century building. They were sent home Monday by order of the Office of Court Administration.

“We don’t have county employees there,” Nesbitt said. However, the county is required to maintain the building.

Andrew B. Isenberg, district executive for the Eighth Judicial District, took the closure action in response to what a news release called “a facilities maintenance issue.”

Isenberg said Monday that the courthouse would be closed again today, but he was “optimistic” that the building would be available Wednesday.

Nesbitt said there would be a full inspection today to make sure there were no more fleas. The county administrator said the courthouse has never had a flea problem before, and he had no idea where the bugs might have come from.

Isenberg announced that Orleans County Family Court cases scheduled for today will be held in the Village of Albion office building, 35 E. Bank St. However, County, Supreme and Surrogate courts will be closed.

Any court-related emergencies in Orleans County also will be handled at the village offices, or by phone at (585) 589-9176.

The domed brick courthouse, erected in 1858 and built in Greek Revival style, is part of a historic district that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

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