Architect tentatively selected for clock tower project

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


CARROLLTON – County Commissioners tentatively selected Perspectus Architecture as the architecht for the courthouse clock tower renovation project.

Commissioners met with representatives from Braun and Steidl Architects, Michael D. Yeagley and Associates, and Perspectus.

Representatives provided information regarding their services, techniques and experiences in repairing historic structures.

Scott Hellis of Ohio Regional Development Corporation was on hand to assist commissioners with pertinent questions regarding the restoration project.

Drones appear to be the choice for the companies to take video or photographs of the three story structure perched on top of the courthouse to determine the scope of the work and the current condition of all aspects of the tower.

Commissioner Bob Wirkner wants the lights above the rotunda on the top floor of the courthouse replaced so the stained glass treasures can be viewed once again.  Wirkner also hopes the fan windows above the shutters on the top of the dome can be returned and restored.

Many years ago, a statue graced the top of the courthouse dome but was taken down. The spire now located on the top of the tower was made by Myers Tin Shop.

Through an article that appeared in The Free Press Standard at the time the current courthouse was built in 1885, it was learned the original colors were almost the same as they are now.

Commissioners want the tower restored as closely as possible to the original state of the structure.

Commissioner Jeff Ohler said the next step is to schedule a phone conference with Perspectus. A fee schedule will be presented and negotiated, according to Hillis, who noted Perspectus is “Not officially the architect of the project, just the most qualified.”

Commissioners agreed to interview the top three applicants for the position of Assistant Clerk II for their office.

Commissioner Clerk Supervisor Janice Leggett said that the deadline for applications is June 11 by 3 p.m.

All three commissioners and Leggett will use a scoring sheet to evaluate the applicants.  They will also be given a typing test.  Interviews will begin June 28.

Commissioner Clerk I Chris Modranski suggested the top applicants participate in job shadowing before a final selection is made.

Superintendent of the Carroll County Board of Development Disabilities (CCBDD) Mathual Campbell was granted approval to place a 3.6-mill 10-year renewal levy on the November election ballot.

“This is our main operating budget.  As of Jan. 1, we had to privatize our adult services. By law we are not allowed to have an adult program,” said Campbell.

Campbell advised they currently serve 314 individuals: 45 for early intervention, 77 for preschool, 42 school age, and 150 adults.

The numbers in the programs has gone up and will continue to increase.  There are 81 individuals on the waiting list.  Campbell said the cost of medications has gone up and they need to care for these individuals.

Commissioners heard a monthly update on activities related to Economic Development of the county.

Director Tait Carter said she recently met with a small group to discuss the proposed Shell Pipeline project.  Only a small portion of the pipeline will be located in Carroll County.  Carter advised a hearing regarding the project will be held in Cadiz and she will be testifying in support of the project.

Carter reported the county did not receive the Appalachian Regional Commission grant because the county does not have a signed agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Meetings are being held with numerous businesses in the county, and Carter is pleased some are contacting her for assistance and information.

Commissioner Lewis Mickley asked if small businesses are given any consideration.

Carter said she mainly works with manufacturing companies and does not pursue activity with small businesses.

Mickley said when he operated a small business he was never contacted by Economic Development for information or assistance of any kind.

“Small businesses are lost when they want to make expansions and don’t know where to go,” said Mickley.  Mickley felt Carter should make expansions.