Commissioners discuss courthouse renovations

| December 29, 2014

court house tour15COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Commissioners met with Irene Miller on Monday, Dec. 29 to discuss the ongoing courthouse renovations. Miller announced the hard hat tours will be given to the public on Monday, Jan. 12, 19, and 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. so that the community can see the ongoing renovation process.

The murals that were discovered with the removal of the low-drop ceiling have been covered with drywall due to safety issues. According to Alan Cottrill, professional painter from Zanesville, Ohio, the three murals were completed between 1910 and 1930 and were not done by a professional painter but by a sign painter in Coshocton. Although the original plan was to construct a frame around the murals and have them restored, the plaster around them is deteriorating and restoring the original paintings is not ideal. The murals will be reproduced on the drywall by a professional painter.

Miller is hoping to have a summer picnic for the community in conjunction with one of the Community Band concerts to celebrate this portion of the courthouse being renovated. The next step for the courthouse will be to renovate portions of the exterior.

Miller received the commissioner’s agreement to potentially auction off old windows that were found during the renovation process. The windows will be refurbished and the hope is to have artists in Coshocton paint a mural on the windows depicting something of Coshocton’s history, or the courthouse itself. These windows will be auctioned off during the summer picnic if everything goes as planned.

Digital Xtreme also took photos of the renovations and the county is planning to purchase those photos and upload them to their website for those who would like to see the renovations but may not be able.

Miller said she will be talking to organizations over the next couple of months to see if they would like to donate to the renovation process.

The commissioners also reviewed and approved:

  • A motion to sign Resolution 2014-71 for the repayment of an advance from Fund #243 – OCJS in the amount of $7,000
  • A motion to sign Resolution 2014-72 for the extension and forgiveness of repayment of a cash advance in the amount of $2,403.45 for fund #243-OCJS
  • A motion to sign Resolution 2014-73 for the repayment of a cash advance from fund #002 – Self Insurance in the amount of $450,000
  • A motion to sign Resolution 2014-74 to establish fund #135 – District Health Reserve within the financial records of Coshocton County
  • A motion to sign Resolution 2014-75 to establish fund #136 – Environmental Reserve within the financial records of Coshocton County
  • Receive the dog warden’s report for the week ending Dec. 22, 2014 with six dogs picked up by the warden, nine citations issued, 29 calls handled, 27 dog licenses sold, 11 dogs sold, one dog redeemed, one dog and five puppies per owner surrendered for a total of $484 in fees collected
  • A motion to approve a Blanket Meeting Request for Coshocton County Veterans Services for the 2015 calendar year for meetings, educational training, military funerals, office-related business and home visitations that are directly related to the Veterans Service Commission and office
  • A motion to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Coshocton County Common Pleas Court to assist in the integration of services with the Court’s special docket in order to create and implement a Recovery Court
  • Receive the Amended Certificate of Estimated Resources dated Dec. 24, 2014 from Chris Sycks, County Auditor

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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