7/24/15 – 5:14 A.M.
Turning Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay into a community gathering place might not mix well with being right next to the county courthouse. That was the opinion of some who attended a Thursday meeting to talk about the future of the plaza. The Courier reports Judge Reginald Routson said combative prisoners are often removed from the court by force and have to be taken through the plaza to the jail. He added that distraught family members are also routinely coming through the plaza on their way out of court.
The group is trying to balance public safety with the desire to have a downtown gathering space. Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said and changes to the area around the courthouse could be designed to work with the courts. He added it would be worth having an architect design the space to get a better idea of what options they have.
The group is expected to meet again in a few weeks.
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