OTTAWA — Renovations on the Putnam County Courthouse began in June and are on schedule with the completion goal the end of December.
Kevin Niese, Technicon project manager, said Schimmoeller Construction, Kalida, is the contractor and said the project is on schedule.
“We have had favorable weather and not a lot of rain days this summer with dry conditions that have been good for the contractors,” Niese said.
Niese said stone restoration of the building is 90% complete and the tile roof replacement is 95% complete.
The roof needed to be replaced because the clay tile was 100 years old and was brittle, with tile falling off the roof that Niese said is a safety concern for the community. The roof also has had leaking issues that has caused the stone to deteriorate.
The stone restoration was also needed to redo the grout joints and clean the stone. Water repellent will be placed on the stone after cleaning.
“The workers are working on the east side of the building constructing a handicapped wheel chair ramp that was moved from the north to the east side of the building,” Niese said.
The contractor is working on creating one entrance on the east side of the courthouse, where security is located.
“Before, there were people coming in the north and east sides of the courthouse and there was confusion with the security system. The goal is to direct everyone in the east door if possible,” Niese said.
Following the handicapped ramp construction, entry doors will be installed on the east side of the building and the project will be complete.
“Courthouses are landmarks of a county that need to be taken care of and are the face of the county,” Niese said.
Vincent Schroeder, commissioner, said the project is going great. It was time to keep the courthouse in top-notch condition.
“This will keep it for another 100 years, but we will have upkeep where we will need to seal it every 10 years to prevent it from going backwards,” Schroeder said.
The courthouse was built in 1913.
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