Putnam County discusses courthouse renovations


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



OTTAWA — Putnam County Commissioners heard an update on courthouse renovations during their meeting Tuesday.

Commissioner Michael Lammers said Davis and Newcomer Elevator Co. worked on the elevator Monday when the courthouse was closed for Presidents Day.

“The shaft on the elevator was removed and the elevator will be out of commission for two months,” Lammers said. Visitors can use the stairs, and for those who have wheelchairs, video access to the court room is available in the courthouse assembly room on the first floor.

The last time the elevator was remodeled was in the 1960s. A new elevator car will be built and there will be new hydraulics installed on the elevator for safety purposes and part availability.

There also is discussion of putting wires underground in front of the courthouse on the east side for communications fiberoptics. The county will get a quote on how much it will take to install them underground to help beautify the east entrance. It will be the only entrance the the courthouse once the project is completed.

The commissioners previously approved a $10.7 million budget for 2019 with $2.5 million that will be used for courthouse renovations.

The first project is to replace a leaking courthouse roof. The leaks have caused issues with masonry and pillars have cracked.

Another project is to replace the courthouse’s drainage system and masonry issues. A decision following Supreme Court assessment of the county’s security system in 2007 recommended the county go down to one entrance at the courthouse.

In order to facilitate that recommendation the current handicap access that is at the north side of the courthouse building will be changed to the east side of the building.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved signing the proposal for easement for access to diversion channel for Maumee Watershed Conservancy District.

• Approved purchase orders for the county airport, airport operations, airport construction grant, county general, sewer district 2, AL & Gas and Water District 1.

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By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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