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Plans to replace deteriorating sidewalks and curbs by the Bartholomew County General Office Building early next year may be delayed by higher than expected costs.
Plans to replace deteriorating sidewalks and curbs by the Bartholomew County General Office Building early next year may be delayed by higher than expected costs.


Replacement of deteriorating sidewalks and curbs around the Bartholomew County Government Office Building in downtown Columbus will cost taxpayers more than anticipated.

The county’s original estimate for the work was $80,000 to $90,000, but County Commissioners President Larry Kleinhenz said the only bid received by Monday’s deadline was for $126,000.

Kleinhenz said the bid amount from Repp and Mundt, Inc. was due to the underground garage that sits beneath the building.

Since the garage extends under the sidewalk, Kleinhenz said the replacement work will be more complex and expensive than first anticipated.

The underground garage was constructed in 1969 as part of the Surrey Motor Inn and Restaurant, erected at the site where the Belvedere Hotel burned down two years earlier.

The Surrey Inn building was purchased by the county in 1978 to house general

offices.

The infrastructure improvements at Third and Franklin streets, which will be similar to work done last year on the Washington Street side of the County Courthouse, is intended to meet standards established by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

He said a few people have fallen on the uneven sidewalk as they’ve attempted to get into the county building.

He added that the rough concrete also makes it difficult for individuals in wheelchairs to move past the building.

Commissioners hoped to

finance the project with funds left over from this year’s general fund budget then have the work done during the first quarter of next year.

But Kleinhenz said there might be a delay as officials look at less-expensive

alternatives.

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