Starke County Commissioners Discuss Courthouse Maintenance

The third floor of the Starke County Courthouse may get a new look if funds can be provided for remodeling efforts.

Commissioner Kathy Norem told fellow Commissioners Charlie Chesak and Bryan Cavendar that she’s spoken with Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall about improving aspects of the third floor of the courthouse. 

“The remodeling up there is from 1960,” commented Norem.  “When you go up there it’s dim, it’s dark, it’s dingy, you can’t hear what’s going on, the wallpaper is peeling off the walls, the carpet is the original carpet, the fixtures are from 1962, and the seats are atrocious.”

She said a representative from architecture firm DLZ could talk to Judge Hall about what needs to be worked on and come up with an estimate for the commissioners’ consideration. 

The commissioners agreed to move forward with that proposal. 

On the heels of that conversation, the commissioners also agreed to look at funds at the end of the year to transfer into a dedicated fund for courthouse repairs.  They will look to put funding into that line item every year in order to make an effort to keep up with maintenance needs at the courthouse.