By Wayne Allen
August 23, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Scioto County officials are estimating that 300,000 pounds of steel has been removed from remains of the former Scioto County Jail on the fourth floor of the Scioto County Courthouse.
Commissioner Chairman Mike Crabtree said he was not shocked when he learned how much steel was removed from the space.
“It’s my understanding the cell doors weighed like 400 pounds. I would not be the least bit surprised of the weight of that steel,” Crabtree said.
In June the commissioners signed an agreement with Southern Ohio Salvage and Contracting, Inc. of Ironton to remove the remains.
At the time, Crabtree was quoted as saying, “This is going to be done at no cost to the county. They will take the bars down, cut them in small pieces so they can be moved from the fourth floor to ground level, then placed in a dumpster. Community service workers and our maintenance department will be responsible for moving the steel to the ground level as a courtesy to the contractor.”
Crabtree said the agreement was worked out in such a way in which the county would not have to pay anything for the service.
He said there were roughly 65 cells located on the fourth floor.
Since the new Scioto County Jail opened in 2006, the majority of the fourth floor has remained vacant and been used as storage space. Over time, the roof of the building began to leak causing some damage to the space, rendering the majority of it uninhabitable.
When asked what the county plans to do with the space once the metal has been removed, Crabtree said the commissioners are exploring options.
“Over the past few years there has been a number of people who have has some interest in space on the fourth floor. It’s not going to be ready to provide any space for anybody right now. It’s going to take a considerable amount of work to get that space ready,” Crabtree said. “Up until that jail came out of there, there was nothing much we could do up there. Now we’ve opened another door.”
Crabtree said the county is currently looking for ways to fund the reconstruction of the floor.
Crabtree said the commissioners are trying to look as far down the road as they can for planning purposes and to be able to work with what they have available.
“I can’t give you any schedule as to when things are going to happen, we’re just trying to do as much as we can as responsibly as we can,” Crabtree said.
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