Second phase to begin on courthouse retaining walls

By Chris Cooper -

In 2015, members of the Logan County Fiscal Court voted to demolish the retaining wall on the east and south side of the historic Logan County Courthouse and rebuild a similar one. A large portion of the wall had been deteriorating and crumbling for some time and there was concern for the safety of those passing by. The wall is made of brick mixed with mortar. Parts of the wall were as old as the courthouse itself. The project cost $115,500.

This week, the court decided to begin work on the west and north sides of the courthouse, where the wall is not as bad as the others, but needs to be replaced just as well.

The county hired engineer Jeff Arnold out of Bowling Green to complete the west and north sides. He was the lowest among two bids received for the plans. Who will handle the next phase is yet to be decided. Magistrates gave Judge Executive Logan Chick the authority to contact Arnold to see if he would be willing to continue with the second phase of the project. One quote was already received by Kenner and Randolph.

“We want to make sure the west and north sides are done exactly like the others,” said magistrate Thomas Bouldin, adding the county paid for the specs and should be able to get those either way.

The Logan County Courthouse was built in 1904, this is Logan’s third courthouse. The courthouse has undergone many restorations and expansions since it was originally built. Court first met in 1793 in a two-story log structure known as the Cedar House. From 1822 through the late 1800’s the courthouse was located in the middle of Park Square.

When the Justice Center was built across the street, the judicial branches moved, leaving the judge executive’s office, child support and tourism behind. Leaving with the judges was the funding given each year to maintain the courthouse by the Administrative Office of the Courts. That funding now goes to the Justice Center and the county must maintain the historic courthouse from it own accounts.

Other work being done on the courthouse involves roofing. The copper roof is in need of flashing around the cupola and work needs to be done on some areas that are leaking.

Magistrates gave judge Chick the authority to seek out someone to repair portions of the copper roof.

By Chris Cooper

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