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Payments set for courthouse tower rebuild

Plans to provide money are now outlined for restoration of the Logan County Courthouse clock tower, but the schedule for the project has yet to be set.

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Logan County Commissioner Tony Core walks Oct. 16, 2012, near sections of the courthouse clock tower. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD

Logan County Commissioners Dustin Wickersham, Tony Core and John Bayliss met Thursday with Shane Mott and Greg Gilliam of the County Risk Sharing Authority, and Andy Halter, an engineering consultant for the project.

Mr. Mott told the commissioners it was important to get money into the county coffers as soon as possible so a contract can be finalized with Midstate Contractors Inc.

“They’ve already done a lot of work on the preconstruction planning and should be paid as soon as the contract is signed,” he said.

Mr. Mott and Mr. Halter have met with Midstate and they saw no reason to delay the project.

Rebuilding the tower will most likely exceed $1.2 million, Mr. Mott said, as the crews will have to tear out more brick to reach the base of the tower structure.

The goal is to pour new concrete forms before winter.

Mr. Core explained Midstate plans to have a crew in Marion building the new tower while the foundation work occurs here.

Once done, the tower will be reduced to sections and then brought to Bellefontaine for final placement.

A better timeline can be established once the 252-page contract is signed, Mr. Core said, and after all the building plans are approved by state inspectors.

It could be late spring or early summer next year depending on plan approval and weather.

Mr. Mott proposed that CORSA issue an initial payment of $250,000 now, another $250,000 by late August and then the remainder of the project costs by October minus a contingency payment.

The money will flow into a special county account for the project so that the county can issue checks to Midstate and to Mr. Halter as the project progresses.

A windstorm June 29, 2012, twisted the entire 70-foot structure, forcing its removal.

The deconstruction project cost more than $700,000 which was covered by CORSA.

Work to renovate the Carnegie Building at Sandusky Avenue and Main Street also cost more than $700,000. Most of that was paid from by CORSA.

It now houses the Common Pleas and Family courts along with the Clerk of Courts.

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