By ERIC SCHAADT
OTTAWA — Upgrades will continue this year at the Putnam County Courthouse in Ottawa, county officials say.
Installation of a new roof is underway on the courthouse, which was built in 1912.
The cracked stones on portions of the sides of the structure will be refurbished and sealed this year, the Putnam County commissioners’ office reported.
Inside the courthouse, an elevator will be replaced starting this month. The building has three stories and an attic over that.
Also, a handicap-access ramp will be replaced for a courthouse entrance door.
A security officer has been added to handle the body security scanner near the courthouse entrance, according to the commissioners.
At the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Ottawa, replacement of an 8-inch-diameter waterline has been completed, Commissioner John Schlumbohn said.
Also, smaller waterlines that lead to that main waterline have been upgraded.
Separately, a new waterline was constructed to draw water from the Blanchard River near Gilboa for a Leipsic reservoir.
Putnam County enjoyed a healthy economy in 2018, county officials say, and the county sales tax collection grew during the year.