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Spelling error on seven parking spaces at Jefferson County courthouse

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If you pride yourself on spelling, you may notice a few errors outside the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The word 'reserved' was spelled 'resevered' on seven spots along Maple St. in historic downtown Hillsboro. 

At first glance, it just looks like a fresh, clean striping job. The word may even look correct if you're driving by it quickly. However, when you take a closer look, the parking spots next to the courthouse spell out 'resevered.' 

"We were called Monday morning by a courthouse employee informing us that the word 'reserved' in a few spaces had been misspelled," said Gery Marmaduke, Hillsboro City Administrator, "I was just a little upset by it, but there's not much you can do about it."

Marmaduke says the striping crews that re-painted each of these spots used the same stencil every time, which is why the error is on seven parking spots and not just one.

"They put the stencils together, so once they misspelled it, it's going to carry on to all the spaces that they marked," said Marmaduke. 

Fresh black paint covers up the old striping job, where 'reserved' was spelled correctly before.

Hillsboro residents will not have to pay any extra tax dollars to fix this spelling error. The St. Charles company who won the bid to re-stripe the city of Hillsboro signed a contract with an agreed-upon cost.

"Contract price is a contract price, so they will get paid exactly what they bid," said Marmaduke. 

The city calls it a minor problem they have to fix with it and sees the humor in it all.

"I think some people are having a good laugh about it...it's just one of those things," said Marmaduke.

The city of Hillsboro reached out to the company that made the mistake. They have not confirmed a date yet on when they will come back to fix the spelling error. 

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