Commissioners to approve courtroom painting

February 20, 2013

WAYNESBURG – Greene County commissioners today are expected to approve a proposal from Allegheny Restoration to paint the courtroom of Judge William Nalitiz once the construction in the attic is completed.

The cost to paint the room is $7,600, and once the courtroom is cleared of materials, mostly heating and air conditioning duct work, the painting project will begin.

What necessitated this nearly $600,000 renovation was the discovery last year that wood beams in the attic between the courthouse roof and the ceiling in Nalitz’s courtroom began to separate. Since then, steel beams have been bolted to the old wood beams to reinforce them; foam insulation has been sprayed in the attic; and a new sprinkler system has been installed.

During the work, Courtroom No. 1 has not been used. A temporary courtroom has been established in the law library on the third floor of the newer addition. Nalitz’s chambers also have been moved to a room on the third floor.

The commissioners also announced several changes in meeting dates:

• Agenda meetings scheduled for March 6 and 20 have been changed to one meeting March 13.

• The prison board meeting scheduled March 20 has been changed to March 13 at noon at the Corner Cupboard Food Bank.

• Commissioners meetings scheduled March 7 and 21 been changed to one meeting March 14, and salary and retirement board meetings scheduled for March 21 have bene changed to March 14.

Jon Stevens was the Observer-Reporter’s Greene County bureau chief. During his 41 years with the O-R, he covered county government, courts and politics, and won statewide and regional writing awards.

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