OTTAWA — Putnam County is one step closer to making needed repairs on its courthouse.
The Putnam County Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed bids for the project that will be taken under advisement. There were two contracts presented by Kevin Niese, Technicon Design Group Inc.’s project manager.
The two bids were from NR Lee Restoration, Delphos, for $1,189,000, and the other bid was from Schimmoeller Construction, Kalida, for $1,099,777. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $1.6 million, according to commissioner Vincent Schroeder. Niese will review the bids and make a recommendation back to the commissioners Thursday.
Courthouse renovations are expected to be completed by the end of this year, said commissioner Michael Lammers.
The first project is to replace a leaking courthouse roof. The leaks have cause issues with masonry, and pillars have cracked, Schroeder said. The courthouse was built in 1913 and has needed upkeep work that needs to be done for the long term, he said.
“Just like your house, you have to keep up on renovations,” Schroeder said. “The roof is leaking and is a clay roof, and it is time to replace it to keep the courthouse in good condition.”
Another project is to replace the courthouse’s drainage system and masonry issues.
Schroeder said the stone on the courthouse is cracking and needs to be re-tuck pointed after the facade is repaired.
A decision following the 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 moved to the east side of the building.
Having one entrance helps with the electronic security systems, Schroeder said. Currently staff are required to provide security to two entrances.
Another part of the renovations that has been completed is fixing the elevator at the courthouse. A new control system was installed for the elevator.
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