2/9/2016 – 5:00 pm
Security and functionality. Those were the two primary concerns from the Hancock County Commissioners to a proposal to begin plans for upgrades to the Hancock County Courthouse and Justice Center court buildings. The county judges met with the commissioners Tuesday morning to discuss beginning plans to renovate and update the rear entrance to the courthouse and the probate & juvenile courts buildings. Judge Reginald Routson said that the courts and Sheriff’s department is in favor of modifications to the west entrance to the courthouse to make it more secure and are interested in combining efforts to current plans to modify the Justice Center which is located west of the courthouse.
Sheriff Heldman, also in attendance said that his chief concern was security for both buildings and a proposal to modify both structures and connect them to provide for one secure entrance rather than two separate ones would help to address security while also alleviating some of the costs.
Given ongoing plans to upgrade and modify Dorney Plaza, any changes that the courts make to their structure would directly impact those plans, and before any plans can be approved, a feasibility study will need to be done to see if it is possible to build a structure to accommodate both buildings. The judges proposed to conduct a feasibility study on the matter at a cost of $22,000. They would review the usage of both buildings and also provide for some design concepts.
Commissioner Phil Riegle said that the commissioners would review the proposal and have an answer by their Thursday meeting. Riegle also said that he would get in contact with the City of Findlay about expanding the scope of the study to include the Municipal Court in the city building to help secure all three buildings. Riegle said he would contact city officials this week on the matter.
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