POMEROY — The Meigs County Courthouse is getting a makeover.
A painting project is currently underway at the Courthouse, where workers from Gheen’s Painting can be seen applying a fresh coat of white paint to the structure which houses many Meigs County government offices.
When making the decision to re-paint the courthouse, the Meigs County Commissioners decided to look to the past for inspiration, hoping to return the courthouse to its original colors rather than some of the other accent colors that have been used through the decades.
While it may look like it is all being painted white at this point, the plan is to pain the trim a charcoal color similar to what has been seen in old photos of the courthouse.The dome will be re-painted the gold color that has been used for many years.
In addition, the journal books from the time the building was constructed in the 1840s were reviewed. One journal entry from several years after the building of the courthouse discussed the paint colors, stating that the building should have three coats of white paint with the dome painted yellow.
“Some of you may have noticed the painting going on at the courthouse. We took the time to examine the old journals to find the original paint scheme from when the courthouse was built. Soon it will be finished up. It’s about pride in our home county. We can’t wait until it’s finished,” read a Facebook post earlier this month on the Meigs County Commissioners page.
Commissioner Randy Smith said the courthouse is a hub for the county and the commissioners want to see it be a hub for pride in the county, as well as the hub from government.
With the new development of sites such as the Emergency Operations Center and Meigs Country EMS/MedFlight built over the past few years, the focus of capital improvements for the county is working toward improvements and restoration of some of the older historic buildings.
Gheen’s Painting was the lowest bid for the project at $45,000 and is completing the work.