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By Wayne Allen


In September of 2013 the Scioto County Commissioners applied for a $30,000 grant through the Ohio Historical Society to fix a portion of the courthouse. The commissioners were informed recently they did not receive the grant and are now looking at options to do it themselves.

The commissioners were seeking the funds to fix the edge of the courthouse roof that’s crumbling.

“When they put a flat roof on a building there is a medal strips installed around the roof to anchor it to the building. In some areas that (strip) was attached to close to the edge. When it’s attached to close to the edge, it has a tendency to crack and has overtime comes loose and as a result falls to the ground,” said Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree said.

Crabtree said this is not an issue resulting from the roof recently installed on the courthouse, but one that stems from the previous roof.

He said even though most of the chips that are falling are small in size, it’s still a hazard and needs to be fixed.

“Stone chips have been falling down, around the courthouse and we don’t want anyone to get hurt. We are now looking at ways to get that repaired and possibly get some kind of financial assistance to get it done,” Crabtree said.

He said there are other funding avenues they will now be perusing to fix the issue.

“We’re not finished, we’re going to try other things. There are so many things that need to be done, the courthouse is an old structure and we’re looking at every opportunity,” Crabtree said.

Crabtree said there are some places around the edge of the courthouse that will have to be repaired sooner than later.

He said the maintenance staff attempt to remove some of the stone that could fall.

“We’ll have to get around the entrance ways or places where you know there is going to be people. We’re looking at ways to get the loose material taken off. It won’t create a leak, it will make it a little ugly, but won’t be a problem,” Crabtree said.

He said even though most of the chips that are falling are small in size, it’s still a hazard and needs to be fixed.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT

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