Construction started Monday on a pair of projects that will see improvements made to both the Highland County Administration Building and Highland County Courthouse over the next couple weeks.
County commissioner Tom Horst said Tuesday that work is already under way on the Administration Building where a handicapped ramp and new railing are being added on the front side. He said the ramp will be located on the left side of the front entrance and that it will run all the way to the Susan Davis Attorney At Law offices next door.
The front of the building is temporarily closed and the back entrance should be used. But Horst said the new concrete should be poured Wednesday and that the front entrance is supposed to be back in use by Thursday.
A design for a mural that is scheduled to adorn the facade in front of the steps leading into the Administration Building will honor different points in Highland County.
Horst previously said that the mural is basically a collage of locations throughout the county. He said the three-dimensional painting will look as though it is carved into the concrete. The mural will highlight the county’s agricultural and manufacturing history, as well as various recognizable landmarks located in different towns.
Horst said he is still looking for donations for the project.
Once the concrete work at the Administration Building is done, Horst said crews will start working on the courthouse, repairing gutters, doing some joint and mortar work, replacing eaves, and painting the cupola and other parts of the building.
Except for the mural, Horst said the work is being paid for by state funds that were secured by State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) and Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville).
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