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Monday, June 08, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Daviess County lands $50,000 Historic Preservation Grant for courthouse skylight"

The story by Mike Grant of the Washington Times Herald (here in the Indiana Economic Digest) begins:

A planned project to update the Daviess County Courthouse has received a helping hand from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Daviess County Commissioners will receive a $50,000 grant from the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archeology. The money will be used to stabilize and rehabilitate the stained glass skylight in the local courthouse.

"Anytime you get funding like that is great," said Daviess County Commissioner Tony Wichman. "We have a lot of work to do at the courthouse. This will help pay for work on the dome and skylight."

Officials last year found the skylight and the dome above it had problems. The state grant will help cover that cost, but the county is looking at a much bigger project. Officials are looking to make some energy efficiency updates and tackle some of the issues the courthouse faces in complying with standards from the Americans With Disabilities Act. "We're looking at redoing windows and ADA updates," said Wichman. "The whole thing is quite a project."

The Courthouse was built in 1928 in a neoclassical revival style. The historic building was constructed long before ADA and that means the county has issues to deal with. Some of those issues can be large and expensive. Others can be as small as changing the type of handles on the doors in the building. One was taken on last month when the county hired a firm to bring the elevator into state compliance. Other projects include restroom updates and a new ramp entrance to the building.

"We have also applied for grants to try and help cover the costs of that work," said Wichman. "I think Daviess County is really pro-active when it comes to securing grants to help pay for our projects. Any time you can secure grants from the state or federal government that's less money we have to spend out of the local tax dollars."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 8, 2015 10:30 AM
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