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Carnegie Building open for court business (Audio included)

Logan County continues to recover from the June 29th windstorm.

Elected officials (pictured) and court staff hosted a ribbon cutting at the Carnegie Building (formerly the Logan County District Library) Tuesday morning.

All of the common pleas and family court operations (except for probation) have been centralized to the revamped Carnegie Building.

Thomas and Marker was the general contractor. Thompson Electric, Strayer Plumbing and Heating, and Superior Painting were subcontractors.

Crews spent the last several months renovating the building at the corner of Main and Sandusky.

Construction and renovation cost $700,000, which insurance covered.

Straight line winds damaged the bell tower on the 143-year-old courthouse, which forced court operations to relocate across Bellefontaine.

During the ribbon cutting, Commissioner Tony Core praised county employees for their resourcefulness and teamwork following last summer's storm.

Core reflected on how marriage licenses and other court operations ran on schedule on the Monday morning following the windstorm.

Fellow commissioners John Bayliss and Dustin Wickersham also praised the county staff.

All three commissioners honored Court Coordinator Doug Chamberlain for his countless hours of serving as a liaison between the county and the various construction crews.

Chamberlain, who recently retired as a family court judge, offered his expertise on the needs of each court office.

The commissioners (pictured with Chamberlain) presented him with a gavel, which was made from wood from the courthouse bell tower.

Listen to Commissioner Chairman Dustin Wickersham discuss the important day for county government and more.

Listen to Chamberlain reflect on the dedication, the project, and his special recognition.

You're asked to enter the new courts by using the Sandusky Avenue entrance.

The commissioners did not have a timeline on when the courthouse will reopen. At that time, common pleas court and family court will move back to their original spaces.

Jury trials will continue to be held in council chambers at the City Building, 135 North Detroit Street.

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