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Harrison County Courthouse getting a new roof

Updated: Wednesday, May 7 2014, 06:26 PM EDT

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio -- Built in 1895 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harrison County courthouse dominates downtown Cadiz.
But time has been an enemy to the building and repairs are needed to the aging roof, which has gone years without proper maintenance, causing damage inside the structure that continuously needs repaired.
“We've got 18 buckets up there catching water,” Harrison County Commissioner Dale Norris said. “The commissioners, in the past, have done some plaster work inside the courthouse and the plaster has eroded.”
Leaks plague floor after floor and bandages on the problem are no longer enough to get by.
On Wednesday, commissioners accepted a bid for new roof to be done on a design-build contract.  
“It eliminates a lot of the bidding process that we would have to do and just makes the project move quicker,” Norris said. "We were afraid that we might get to the point where we might only get half of it done this year and the other half done next year. So we had intentions of doing the worst half this year.”
Once they have a water-tight roof overhead, officials plan to proceed in modernizing the century-old facility.  
“It's a cure so we can continue and make the upgrades to the courthouse that will be long-lasting,” Norris said.
The total project will cost between $800,000 and $1 million.
Commissioners will have a few more meetings with the contractor before construction begins.

Harrison County Courthouse getting a new roof


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