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.