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Courthouse crew steps up the pace

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Sidewalk work up the west side of the Warren County Courthouse is underway.

Renovations continue at the Warren County Courthouse.

The ongoing project was the sole topic discussed during a brief commissioners work session held on Monday at the courthouse.

With the Fourth Ave. entrance now closed due to single point of entry security, people proceeding up the western side of the courthouse have to walk – in part – in the parking lot.

Chief Clerk Pam Matve said that sidewalk work is currently being done and that crews are “going as far as they can” before they will shift to the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliance ramps near the Fifth Ave. entrance.

Matve said the contractors were given 60 days to complete the work but “should be done before that.”

The scaffolding on the west side of the building will need to be removed for the sidewalk to be completed and Matve said that the scaffolding should be down by Wednesday.

Commissioner Ben Kafferlin noted that most of the sidewalk work is “being paid for by a grant” and received notice this week that additional grant funds have been received for the project.

The lion’s share of the grant funding came through Pcomp and PcoRP – the county’s worker’s compensation insurance and liability insurance provider through the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

A re-pave of the parking lot has also been authorized and Matve said that probably won’t be completed until the spring.

She said the county is “already pushing the sidewalk and the cement companies on the timeline” and said she is “afraid that we’re not going to meet the timeline for the asphalt companies before they close” for the season.

Matve noted that the roofing contractor, Durable Slate, is preparing to present details of that portion of the project at the Sept. 30 work session at noon followed by a “walkaround at 5 p.m. for anyone that is interested.”

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