New talk about a new building are now starting anew, following the discovery that all the bids for Defiance County’s courthouse renovation project have come in too high.
The bids were opened at county commissioners’ meeting Thursday, and according to the Crescent News, were all at least 10 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate.
Now, the commissioners have to decide whether to cut back on the work and rebid the renovation project, or cancel it completely.
While they mull that over, commissioners yesterday canceled Monday’s scheduled move of the offices of the common pleas court, juvenile/probate court and the clerk of courts, to temporary quarters.
Those offices would have stayed there while the courthouse was being reconfigured, However, now that renovation work may not happen after all, after none of the quotes provided by four different contracters, were even close to the estimated construction cost of $5.3 million.
Commissioners will take another look at their options at a meeting set for 7:30 a.m. Monday.