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Courthouse’s access ramp closed; new procedures set

November 30, 2010

    The handicap access ramp on the west side of the Adams County Courthouse has been closed for repairs and may be open again in about two weeks, depending on weather.
    In the meantime, the county commissioners have put in place procedures to assist those who have physical disabilities in being served by Adams Circuit Court, the county clerk, and the county prosecutor, all of which have their offices in the courthouse.
    Signs will be posted outside the building to list the telephone numbers of those three departments, so people can call ahead to get help in entering the building or in having paperwork, etc. brought to them for whatever has to be done.
    For general calls about how people with disabilities can get in and out of the courthouse during the anticipated two-week ramp closure, call the clerk's office: 724-5309. Circuit court's number is 724-5307 and the prosecutor's number is 724-5338.
    If people choose to enter the courthouse in wheelchairs, with walkers, etc., they must do so through the double southwest doors into the basement, using ramps and a few steps, then they can go down the basement hallway to the elevator, officials explained.
    Dave Meyer, the county's maintenance superintendent, said the concrete west steps of the courthouse may be poured at the end of this week, if the weather is good enough, and the entire project could be finished in three weeks.
    He also said the idea advanced by Jim Hitchcock, owner of Hitchcock Concrete of Decatur, which is doing the job, is to repair the top of the handicap access ramp first and open it in perhaps two weeks, then do the steps separately.
    On another courthouse matter, Meyer said more insulation is required in the attic to help the new heating and cooling system operate well. He received two price quotes for added insulation and the commissioners accepted the one from Momper Insulation of Fort Wayne for $6,609. The other bid was from DeHoff Insulation at Craigville for $7,242.
    The county has $2,083 left its contingency fund from other courthouse improvements this year, so that money will be spent on this extra insulation.
    Also at the meeting:
    •  The commissioners voted unanimously to accept the $73,700 bid of Dave's Excavating from Marion for a bridge project on County Rd. 1200 South (the Adams-Jay county line), near US 27.
    • The ordinance for the use of the proceeds of the County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) during 2011 and 2012 was approved on a 3-0 vote. Those proceeds are expected to amount to $1,792,775 each year for the two years.

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