Commissioners approve repairs

By David Fenker

The Wabash County Courthouse and jail will soon receive repairs at a total cost of nearly $17,000.

At their Oct. 1 meeting, the county commissioners approved replacement of the stairs on the south side of the jail, as well as replacement of the tile floors of the three porticos of the courthouse.

County Coordinator/HR Director Jim Dils presented both requests.

“For some period of time, we've been trying to get quotes for the set of stairs on the south side of the jail,” Dils said.

He received two quotes, and recommended using Gaunt and Son Asphalt, Inc., for the repair, which includes new stairs and an anodized aluminum railing. The stairs were quoted at $10,100, with the anodized aluminum railing an extra $865.

“That's what's recommended,” Dils said. “We could go without it, but the durability will be better.”

The commissioners approved up to $11,000 for the project.

Regarding the tile floor replacements, Dils said that the north portico's floor is in need of replacement, but that the south and east porticos' tiles could also use updating.

“The red tiles on the north portico of the courthouse have been in disrepair for some time,” he said.

The low quote came from D-T Construction Services, Inc., at $6,681 from the historic preservation budget.

“What they would do would be remove all of the existing red tile and put in a different type of tile that has a little more of a texture to it,” Dils said. “Those current tiles, when they get wet, they get very slippery.”

The north portico has several buckled tiles, while the south portico has had repairs in the past.

Deputy and sheriff-elect Ryan Baker delivered the weekly jail report, saying that Wabash County Jail house 102 inmates, with an additional 39 in Miami County and 10 in Elkhart County.

Baker said that more than 80 inmates are awaiting sentencing.

Posted on 2018 Oct 02