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Four Options Suggested For Court Security Upgrades

5/24/16 – 2:33 P.M.

Four options have been proposed to upgrade security at the courts on Dorney Plaza in Findlay.

Of the four plans recommended by the National Center for State Courts, “Option 1” would create one secure entrance for all three buildings. It would then have corridors connecting the security entrance to the courts. The second plan would be nearly the same as the first, but would also feature a graded pedestrian path to get over or under the corridors. Another plan would connect the municipal building and juvenile/probate court. It would also create a new security entrance for the county court. The fourth plan would see a screening location built for the juvenile probate court, with the county court and the municipal building getting upgrades to security at their respective entrances.

As far as cost goes, depending on the options selected the project could anywhere between $683,000 and $2.9 million. The report from the National Center for State Courts notes that the options that don’t connect all three buildings are not as cost-effective in the long-run as having one security entrance.

All the plans also feature secure parking lots.

Officials from the city, county, and courts met today to discuss the next step in the security upgrade process. The group decided that committees representing the Findlay Municipal Building, Hancock County Courthouse, and the Juvenile/Probate court will all review the proposals. They’ll then come back to the larger group to express any concerns about the plans they might have.

Option 1*:

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“Option 1” would create a security entrance between the county courthouse and the juvenile/probate building. A 4,600 square foot corridor would then connect the buildings. The drawback is that it would prevent people from walking through Dorney Plaza. Instead, pedestrians would have to go to Main Street to walk north or south through the area. “Option 1” would cost between $1.8 and $2.4 million to build.

Option 2*:

*Not to Scale

“Option 2” would be nearly identical to “Option 1” but would include a graded pedestrian bridge over or under the corridor connecting the buildings. It would cost between $2.1 million and $2.9 million.

Option 3:

*Not to Scale

“Option 3” leaves Dorney Plaza open to pedestrians. It would connect the municipal building and the juvenile/probate court. A new security entrance would also be build for the county courthouse. This proposal is estimated to cost between $922,500 and $1.2 million.

Option 4:

*Not to Scale

“Option 4” doesn’t connect any of the buildings, instead upgrading security at the entrance to all three courts. Its projected costs would be between $683,000 and $915,000.

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Findlay Trailer Park Could Be Site For New Habitat Homes

5/12/16 – 11:38 A.M.

The first step toward building several new Habitat for Humanity homes in Findlay was taken today. The Findlay City Planning Committee recommended vacating a portion of land in the 1000 block of North Blanchard Street. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says it’s the first step toward possibly locating seven new Habitat homes at the site of a trailer park…

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

However, Schmelzer says there are still a lot of questions…

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer says while the city supports what Habitat is doing, they want to make sure the new homes follow zoning codes. There is also concern about how cars will get in and out with a blind curve in the area.

As for the Habitat for Humanity, the vacation of the land in question was the first step toward getting the land needed for the potential homes.


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Prep Baseball: Whitmer slips past Findlay

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