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Courthouse tower work to start soon

Work to remove the Logan County Courthouse clock tower could begin as soon as next week while planning continues on the next phase of renovations to the Carnegie Building.

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Work to dismantle the Logan County Courthouse tower damaged during June 29's windstorm could begin as early as next week, according to a Thursday release by the county commissioners. (Examiner File Photo)

Logan County Commissioners Tony Core, John Bayliss and Dustin Wickersham sent out a letter Thursday to elected county officials with an update on the projects.

Damage from June 29’s windstorm to the 70-some-foot tower forced the county to shut down the courthouse which was built in 1870.

All of the county courts and the clerk of courts were displaced by the closure.

It will take about 90 days to disassemble the tower and the work will be handled by Midstate Contractors Inc. of Marion.

The contract calls for Midstate to catalogue the process so that the tower can be restored to its original condition.

Court personnel will continue to have access to records during the process.

Costs for disassembly and restoration of the tower will be covered under the county’s risk sharing program through the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

Meanwhile, the county will draw up a bid package to make minor interior improvements to the Carnegie Building so it can house both the common pleas and family courts and the clerk of courts operations.

Juvenile probation officers will continue to work out of the juvenile detention center.

A $31,700 project to repair roofs, windows and flashing on the Carnegie is nearly complete.

Just $3,700 was covered by the risk sharing pool.

Mr. Bayliss explained the Carnegie, which used to house the Logan County Child Support Enforcement Agency and The Ohio State University Extension, needs minor updates to its layout such as moving a water fountain. It also needs heating, ventilation and air conditioning system improvements.

But the work will require state approval of the plans.

Therefore, the commissioners are unwilling to say when the project will start and how long it will take.

“Would I like to see them moved in by Labor Day? Sure,” Mr. Bayliss said. “But that’s not going to happen.”

Mr. Core said the county is working with the risk pool to determine how much will be covered under the storm damage settlement.

The commissioners said the general fund will have to cover some costs of the Carnegie renovation.

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