Commissioners approve continued work on courthouse

By Martin Graham -

The Fayette County Commissioners approved a contract, along with other business, recently to continue working on the courthouse.

It was moved by Jack DeWeese and seconded by Dan Dean to enter into a contract with Don Kelley Construction to provide labor and materials to repair and paint walls, ceiling and crown molding on the second floor hallway of the county courthouse in Washington C.H. The current completion date is by March 31. The contract was unanimously approved and work should begin immediately on the project.

“The original paint and the artwork on the third floor has been redone and we hired an artist to help fix some of the pieces that were beginning to look a little worn as well as adding new lighting recently,” Dean said. “Currently, the third floor is still receiving repairs on some walls and woodwork outside the court rooms. The mural there was preserved years ago, but we are protecting it so they can stay in the same condition. For the second floor we are going to repaint and do some plaster work as it is chipping off. We will also be doing a general clean-up of the walls, wood boards and work to brighten the floor. (Common Pleas Court) Judge Steven Beathard and the ladies there have been selecting colors and it will have a bit of a different feel once it is completed.”

These repairs come from a long line of repairs made to the courthouse. A few years ago, the basement floors and stairwells were redone, and repairs to the top of the courthouse were completed about six years ago. It is thanks to the capital improvement budget for the county, that now includes around $320,000 a year through casino revenue from the state, that these projects and others on county buildings have been able to be completed.

The commissioners also unanimously approved one other matter during the Jan. 25 meeting, concerning law enforcement in the Village of Octa. It was moved by DeWeese and seconded by Dean to authorize the Fayette County Sheriff to enter into a contract with Octa to provide law enforcement services to keep the peace, to protect the property and to perform necessary police functions in the village through the office of the sheriff for 2016. The village may, at the direction of the mayor, request additional law enforcement services beyond those provided agreed to pay the sum of $22 per hour for services rendered.

By Martin Graham

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