Gazebo removed from courthouse lawn

GREENVILLE – The Darke Count Courthouse gazebo has found a new home.

Waymire Brothers of Rossburg recently moved the gazebo to Alice Bish Park on Ohio Street, due to the impending courthouse steps renovation project.

It’s not clear whether the gazebo will be placed back on the courthouse lawn following the renovation, said Commissioner Mike Rhoades.

Rhoades also said commission is going back to the drawing board, having to “re-think” the direction the steps project will now take.

During a recent discussion with elected officials, Rhoades said, Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein suggested he would like to see a safe “one way in, one way out” of the courthouse.

The new front steps would still be usable in case of an emergency, but the main entrance and exit would be moved to the rear of the courthouse.

In April, commissioners approved an agreement with Mote & Associates for professional architectural services regarding the design and renovation of the courthouse steps.

Commissioners have said they hope to complete the courthouse steps renovation project yet this year.

PHOTO CAPTION: The courthouse gazebo was recently moved to Alice Bish Park by Randy Waymire of Waymire Brothers. (Justin Dark photo)

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