A decision on whether or not to proceed any further with the proposed renovation of Defiance County’s courthouse has been delayed.
Officials had planned to decide during county commissioners meeting Thursday on whether to allow a Columbus architectural firm to continue with the project. That decision was to have been based on floor plan revisions made in the last two weeks by the design firm for the building’s second and third floors.
But those suggestions did not satisfy county officials, so more time will be allotted to come up with an acceptable plan.
Some concerns focused on the second and third floors where the juvenile/probate court and the common pleas court, respectively, will be located.
The center of the concern revolves around the fact that bringing inmates to a hearing room for video arraignments on the second floor would still require that they cross a public corridor.
Another issue with the second floor is that — like the first floor, but unlike the third floor — it has load-bearing wallsthat reduce the floor plan options.
The estimated project cost when completed is right around $4.6 million.