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County courts moving into Carnegie

Offices will open to the public on Tuesday

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Logan County Clerk of Courts Barb McDonald carries domestic relations case files into filing cabinets at the Carnegie Building. The facility will open Tuesday as the location for the common pleas and family courts. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Inspectors have cleared the way for Logan County court employees to begin moving into the renovated Carnegie Building at the southeast corner of Main Street and Sandusky Avenue.

Costing around $700,000, the project will consolidate court operations under one roof until a project to restore the Logan County Courthouse tower is complete.

Court operations have been spread out between the courthouse annex, Memorial Hall, the Colonial Building and the Logan County Jail since high winds damaged the 70-foot tower on June 29.

Starting Tuesday, the court operations and staff will be at the Carnegie Building. The public will enter through a single door located on Sandusky.

Public parking will be available on either side of a north/south alley east of the building.

Both Family Court Judges Michael Brady and Dan Bratka will have offices and courtrooms in the facility and Common Pleas Judge Mark S. O’Connor will have an office and a hearing room in the Carnegie.

The facility also will provide space for three magistrates, office staff and the Logan County Clerk of Courts.

The Logan County Commissioners have selected an architect to develop specifications for the new tower.

They will soon seek requests for a design and construction firm for the project.

Demolition of the old tower exceeded $700,000. It is not known how much it will cost to replace it.

All of the demolition and nearly all of the Carnegie renovation has been covered by the county’s insurance plan.

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