A public open house was held for the Carnegie Building, at 120 East Sandusky Avenue, Bellefontaine, Thursday.
The event gave county residents the opportunity to view the temporary home of the Logan County Family Court, Common Pleas Court, and Clerk of Courts office.
The three departments were moved into the Carnegie Building while the courthouse tower is being reconstructed after sustaining damage from the June 29th storm.
Clerk of Courts Barb McDonald explained that while the courts and clerk office were waiting for the Carnegie Building to be renovated for court operations, her office was located in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center for seven months. She also said it was a challenge for the three entities to be separated because they all work hand in hand and when the groups were apart it was harder to obtain files and communicate with the other departments. The files were harder to obtain because for the first several months following the storm they were still located inside the courthouse.
The clerk of courts office has also been reunited with its files. Job and family services provided the office with a rolling file system. The system was installed in the Carnegie Building and it took three days for all the files to be transferred from the courthouse.
McDonald comments on the clerk of courts office transition to the Carnegie Building.
County Commissioner Tony Core noted that the renovations to the Carnegie Building were funded through insurance money so the courts could function together while the courthouse was being repaired.
The renovations included taking out some of the temporary walls that subdivided some of rooms to create the courtrooms, new carpeting, and repainting. The dropped ceilings were also removed to reveal the original stained glass windows and plaster ceiling.
Before the renovations to the Carnegie Building could begin, the commissioners moved the child support enforcement agency into the job and family services building. Once work on the courthouse is complete, job and family services along with the child support enforcement agency could be moving into the Carnegie Building.
The courthouse tower is currently having an interior roof installed to protect it from the weather when the cap roof is removed. This will allow the builder to pour concrete for the new tower base. The cap will be put back on so the concrete can cure over the winter. Work on the tower is expected to be conducted throughout 2014.
While the tower is being worked on, the commissioners have been looking at other parts of the courthouse's infrastructure that could be worked on.
The tower will be paid for by insurance money and any other work done to the courthouse will be funded through the county.
Core discusses the Carnegie Building and courthouse.
Two tile mosaics were donated to the county and are on display in the Carnegie Building. They were created by Alfonso E. Galvez and donated by his son Alan Galvez.