Deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office who will be keeping Logan County Fair attendees safe this week will have a more permanent “home base” to conduct their work following the installation of a new office space at the fairground.
ABOVE: The June 29, 2012, wind and thunderstorm event that devastated the local area destroyed the building that housed operations for the Logan County Sheriff’s Office at the Logan County Fairground. (PHOTO | EXAMINER FILE) BELOW: The sheriff’s office building at the Logan County Fairground includes report writing space and a lofted area for storage. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith, left, and Chief Deputy Randy Dodds stand last week on the front porch of the recently constructed sheriff’s office building at the Logan County Fairground. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)
Two years ago during the powerful wind and thunderstorm that whipped through the county June 29, one of the casualties of the raging weather was the loss of the former sheriff’s office fair building after it was crushed by a felled tree.
At that time, the 2012 Logan County Fair was only about a week away, and the LCSO was able to borrow a mobile command unit from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association to conduct fair operations that week.
The mobile unit also was utilized by deputies during last year’s fair. Inside this command center, personnel had access to a weather station, highly advanced radio communication equipment, along with Internet and telephones.
However, this year, Chief Deputy Randy Dodds said he was charged with spearheading a project to build a new facility at the fairground to replace the structure that was destroyed in the storm.
In May, he arranged for contractors from Miami Valley Barns in Belle Center to construct a custom-built metal-sided building on-site at the fairground.
The now completed building is located near the south end of the race track where it has been recently, and features a wooden front porch with bench seating.
Inside, the one-room office has been set up with furniture useful for report writing, space to meet with the public, and a general break area for employees.
Computer equipment will be available to deputies to file their reports. Window air conditioners also will be installed to provide a cool haven in the midst of potentially hot and humid July weather, and loft space was included for extra storage.
“We’re very pleased with how it turned out,” Col. Dodds said while checking out the building last week. “I worked with Marvin Huston from Miami Valley Barns to get just what we needed in the design.
“This building will be an asset to us in many ways. Deputies will have a nice place to cool off and take a break. We’ll also have a space where we can interview people from the public as needed and to work on reports.”
In total, the project cost just over $8,000, with approximately $6,500 paid to Miami Valley Barns, and the remaining funds paid toward insulation, spouting, electrical wiring and other expenses.
Insurance funds from the loss of the previous building covered the majority of the cost, with only a minimal amount coming from the sheriff’s office auxiliary fund, the chief deputy said.
To put the finishing touches on the building, Butler’s Seamless Spouting performed the spouting work, and ETO Contracting installed foam insulation. Angle’s Nursery also will provide landscaping around the office area.
Next year, the interior of the building will have a more finished look with added dry wall and it likely will be partitioned into two separate rooms, Col. Dodds said.
More 2014 Logan County Fair coverage in Monday's Examiner.
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