Defiance County’s proposed courthouse renovation project was voted down during a special meeting held Wednesday..
It seems that the major problem was opposition to a lack of administrative office space reserved for the probate/juvenile courts on the second floor and concerns about the intermingling of inmates going to and from court with the public, staff and others. Now, the county must look at other options.
One alternative receiving some discussion Wednesday is building a new courthouse which would not need to be as large as the facility that was first proposed in 2006. Since then, the auditor, recorder and treasurer offices have moved into the renovated courthouse annex building.
Although the project has been stopped, commissioners must still pay the architectural firm for its work. That cost is $156,648.