By Branden Ferguson, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
Bellefontaine, Ohio -
Storm damage repairs affecting Logan County, its employees, and its visitors, as the city closes the courthouse for repairs. With the courthouse closed following damage to the clock tower, staff members and elected officials have been moved to various locations and forced to create make-shift offices and courtrooms.
Family Court Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain is just one of the many people affected by the adjustment. Judge Chamberlain finds himself moving from building to building as he attempts to continue to hear his cases, and says like many people, he is looking forward to being back in one location.
When the storms came through two weeks ago, a portion of the clock tower was blown a half block away and parts of the roof were also damaged, but that's not the reason for the closure. Commissioner Bayliss describes the damage inside of the wooden clock tower, that ultimately led to the closing of the courthouse.
Logan is one of 62 counties that shares a risk fund for damage such as this, and because the structure is on the national historic registry, it is likely that the clock tower will be taken down, repaired and replaced.
Employees have been told that they will not be allowed back in the building during the disassembling or reassembling process, and that could take up to one year to complete.