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SPRING CLEANING: Courthouse getting refreshed

March 12, 2012

Post and Mail photo / James Thomlison
Stairs at the Whitley County Courthouse.


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Courthouse’s exterior is getting a spring cleaning. Talks began while maintenance employees were prepping for a heating and cooling project to the courthouse, but brought the new project to the Commissioners’ attention, sensing urgency.

“Both Mark and I feel that this project is probably more important,” said Denny Fenker, courthouse maintenance.

The first part of the project would concern everything from the green roof-line to the top. The entire area will be cleaned, any tuck-pointing of joints will be taken care of and all limestone would be resealed, according to Sturtevant. Any metal – from decorative rope to the flame and areas around the clock – will be repainted. Metal that has rusted around the clock will be cut out, replaced, primed and painted. The clock itself will also be touched up.

The courthouse steps will all be re-caulked. The current caulking will be cut out and the steps will be re-sealed, and all leaking in the archways themselves will be sealed. All algae will be removed from the building with an algaecide, the worst being the north facing side. A light pressure washer will clean all four sides.

The plan is to begin work on the project soon and council will address the heating and cooling matter toward the end of June. The last time any work was done on the courthouse was 2005.
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