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DOA Secretary Huebsch releases estimate for Capitol costs


MADISON (WKOW) -- Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch has released preliminary estimates for law enforcement, clean up and repair costs associated with demonstrations at the Capitol over the months of February and March.

The DOA reports law enforcement costs at $7,819,665 between Capitol police ($458,406), local law enforcement ($3,904,919), other state agencies ($3,034,088) as well as additional supplies and services ($422,252).

The preliminary estimate for repairs to the Capitol and the grounds is $269,550, with the interior costing $161,050 and the exterior expected to cost $108.500.

The Capitol condition assessment was completed by Charles Quagliana, a historical architect. He completed the Capitol renovation in 2004.

Quagliana says the building experienced 3 to 5 years of wear within a two-week period between late February and early March. Quagliana says some of the stone will need to be replaced. Quagliana says there was damage to the lawn and a limited number of shrubs will need to be replaced, with a bulk of the exterior work will take place in August. For the interior, they plan to do a "swift cleaning" before they start the restoration process. The DOA tells 27 News there was no evidence of malicious damage.

The DOA says the issue that started the rallies -- changes to collective bargaining -- needs to be resolved before they will open access to the Capitol in full. The DOA says they feel that they need to keep access limited to the two entrances. 

Afterward Rep. Peter Barca, Assembly Minority Leader, said, "Secretary Huebsch accurately noted that ‘the piece of legislation that sparked this demonstration' was Gov. Walker's assault on workers' rights. I appreciate his candor in that and in noting that none of the damage was malicious.

From March 13 to date, there is no estimate as far as the cost of law enforcement at the Capitol.

The DOA originally estimated damage to be $7.5 million, then backed off that claim and said it would cost about $350,000.

Click here to see preliminary damage estimates.

Click here to see Charles Quagliana's report.

Click here to see Quagliana's pictures taken inside the Capitol.

Click here to see a letter from Judge Albert in regards to Capitol cost.

Colby Robertson will bring you the latest online and tonight on 27 News at 5, 6 and 6:30.

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