Removal of former jail’s remains nearly complete

By Wayne Allen

July 31, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

At the Tuesday meeting of the Scioto County Commissioners it was reported that crews with Southern Ohio Salvage and Contracting, Inc. are wrapping up a project of removing scrap metal from the remains of the former Scioto County Jail on the fourth floor of the Scioto County Courthouse.

In June the commissioners signed an agreement with Southern Ohio Salvage and Contracting, Inc., of Ironton, to remove the remains.

At the time, Commissioners Chairman Mike 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 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 and caused 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.

“There are some areas up there (fourth floor) where there could be some cosmetic work done. There is stuff still falling off the walls, a lot of that needs to be taken down and the surfaces prepared for when we can refurbish the space,” Crabtree said. “Hopefully somewhere down the road we can do somethings up there and reclaim that space.”

Crabtree said there is interest in the space from other entities within the county government.

“You always have people that are interested in space and that seems to be what we have a shortage of (in the courthouse), obviously we have people in the courthouse annex, for that very reason,” he said.

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.

He said the county is currently perusing grant funding to refurbish the fourth floor.

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