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Courthouse activity continues despite appearance

Vacant since the June 29, 2012, windstorm twisted the 70-foot clock tower from its footings, the Logan County Courthouse appears abandoned behind the chain link construction fence.

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ABOVE: Work to shore up the footings of the Logan County Courthouse’s mansard roof trusses occurred in the early 1990s. The trusses have continued to deteriorate and more than a century of load is causing more stress at the load bearing points. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Sometime between 1890 and 1900, a second ceiling was installed covering the original Logan County Courthouse ceiling and creating an attic for storage. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)

But that is far from the case.

Reconstruction experts are drawing up plans to remake the tower while mechanical engineers plan to study the rest of the courthouse, especially the mansard roof.

By mid- to late-September, the Logan County Commissioners will have a better idea what next steps the county should take.

“We know we’re going to have to do something with the roof,” said Commissioner Tony Core. “But we also want to look at the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and maybe a phased approach to renovating the courthouse.”

It will all come down to money.

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