OTTAWA — Renovations on the Putnam County courthouse that began in mid-July are on schedule with plans to be completed in December before Christmas, according to project officials.
Schimmoeller Construction Inc., Kalida, is the general contractor for the $1.3 million project with the project going smoothly, according to Craig Schroeder, project manager.
“This is one of the nicest buildings in the county and we want to preserve this old historic building,” Schroeder said in reference to the courthouse that was built in 1913.
Wellman Brothers is the contractor for the roof and gutter work. Trisco is the contractor for the masonry and stone facade replacement portion of the project.
Replacing the clay tile roof and copper gutters on the east side of the building and the north and west sides of the roof replacement began Tuesday.
“All of the roof sheeting is being repaired. The roof is over 100 years old and needs to be repaired,” Schroeder said.
The project also includes cleaning the building’s exterior with the west and north sides completed as well as tuck pointing.
The building’s exterior will receive a waterproofing material put over the top of the stone building.
Work on moving the handicapped ramp from the north side of the building to the east side will begin the second week in October. It will provide one entrance to the courthouse. Work will include new steps and railings in addition to the ramp, Schroeder said.
A decision following the Supreme Court assessment of the county’s security system in 2007 recommended the courthouse go down to one entrance. In order to facilitate that recommendation, the current handicapped access that is at the north side of the courthouse will move to the east side of the building.
Vincent Schroeder, commissioner, said the county has saved the money for the project in its savings account.
“This is important work to be done so generations to come can enjoy the courthouse. A lot of high quality and hard work went into building the courthouse,” Vincent said. He said the cost to replace the courthouse entirely would be $28 million to $30 million.
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