September 30, 2014

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Technology forgotten for Elyria court

ELYRIA – Some of the new Elyria Municipal Court building`s technology needs were left off the original plans.

So on Monday, the Council`s Finance Committee gave its OK to adding what should have been there all along – about $290,000 worth of audio-visual equipment and other high-tech equipment for Judge Lisa Locke Graves and Judge John Musson`s courtrooms in the new building.

The allocation doesn`t put the project – which is being paid for by court fees – over budget. With it, the project is still about $200,000 below the $10.4 million that was budgeted, according to city Engineer Mukund Moghe and Auditor Ted Pileski.

The Council`s Finance and Community Development committees also held a joint meeting Monday to discuss a building that the Nordson Corporation Foundation wants to donate to the city.

The foundation has offered the city a 22,000-square-foot building on the corner of Middle Avenue and Oberlin-Elyria Road with a major stipulation: The city must use the building for youth services for the next decade.

City officials have been mulling the offer, but they`ve also been waiting for an environmental report on the building`s condition and possible contaminants, since it was formerly an industrial facility.

But the environmental report that the foundation gave the city last week turned out to be only a partial study that left too many “unanswered questions,” the city`s engineering office said.

So the committee put the proposal on the back burner until the foundation can explain why a comprehensive environmental report wasn`t done.

Elyria Law Director Pete Shilling said it was possible that the complete environmental study was too expensive, particularly for a building the organization is trying to give away.

There were no representatives from the foundation at Monday`s meeting.

Contact Shawn Foucher at 653-6255 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.