Renovations underway for Circuit courtroom

Bartholomew County Courthouse routine maintenance worker John Maley builds the body for the new judge’s bench in the Bartholomew Circuit courtroom at the Bartholomew County Courthouse in Columbus, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

The jury box could be the only component of the Bartholomew Circuit courtroom that won’t go through a full transformation in the following five months.

The renovation is believed to be the most elaborate improve inside of the courthouse because substantial enhancements had been finished in the county clerk’s workplace in March 2019.

In terms of standard remodeling, the 2nd-flooring update in Judge Kelly Benjamin’s courtroom ought to charge no far more than $15,000, county routine maintenance director Rick Trimpe mentioned. The decrease price tag is mainly manufactured probable by getting county workers managing the labor, as a substitute of contractors, has made a number of projects much more reasonably priced.

But when you start incorporating new and complex tools, expenses start to rise sharply. In truth, up to $200,000 may well be used to upgrade the audio/video clip programs in all three primary courtrooms to give condition-of-the-artwork teleconferencing qualities, according to estimates mentioned by county officials in the tumble.

Selections regarding the invest in of these new audio/visual programs have been delayed several moments this month though nearby officials work out facts with probable suppliers, commissioner’s chairman Carl Lienhoop stated.

When put in, these new methods will make it possible for a amount of plan hearings to be held pretty much, with the defendant, prosecutor and protection attorney all appearing in different spots if needed. It is very similar to the tools staying utilized by both equally the county commissioners and council in the Bartholomew County Governmental Business setting up a single block east from the courthouse.

For extra on this story, see Monday’s Republic.

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