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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Study Of Courthouse Exterior Continues

Potter County Today

The Potter County Commissioners are seeking state assistance to study the exterior of the courthouse and weigh the choices of either painting the building or restoring and preserving the bricks. They were approached several weeks ago by Rob Leete of Coudersport, who has been assisting the Potter County Historical Society on another project, with a request that the paint be removed to expose the attractive brick exterior.

A first step is to seek expert assistance through the Pa. Historical and Museum Commission. Leete is assisting in the grant application process. The courthouse was built in 1852 in the Greek Revival style, and Victorianized with Italianate features in an 1888 remodeling. Major renovations were also done 1934.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, in part because of its unique architectural style, described in the National Register as “Queen Anne, late Victorian, late 19th and 20th century revivals.” That designation is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect historic and archealogical resources.

15 comments :

Solomon's words for the wise said...

How about neither---with every branch of government facing huge deficits, lets save the money toward paying the bills. County government can't afford to waste money in this economy, and we can't afford higher taxes. Better wait and see how much is left in your wallet before you take on a major project that will cost county taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable in our trying times that this would even be part of an agenda.....

Anonymous said...

I say if they can get a grant and it wont cost taxpayer's anything than go for it, otherwise there are alot of IMORTANT things they should be worried about

Anonymous said...

Take some of that newly found rent money from the office space in the Gunzberger annex and pay for it with that. God knows there won't be any tax money from natural gas or wind with all regulatory obstacles this area is imposing.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

And of course you realize that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not allow taxation on wind energy facilities or natural gas mineral rights or production as is found in other states. These two items will produce no tax, by Pennsylvania Law. Homeowners and small businesses are obligated to pay property taxes on the buildings and land that they occupy, but these big businesses get off scott free!!!

Mr. Negative said...

"I say if they can get a grant and it wont cost taxpayer's anything than go for it" Where in the heck do you think the grant money comes from in the first place? It is derived from the state budget that is comprised of the taxpayers money. It certainly doesn't just appear like the $700 Billion bail out money did!!!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will bail out social security next, or will they just let us starve to death when the money runs out. Or maybe double the cost of prescription coverage again. We have to repay our share of the 700 billion before we can go to heaven. In case you haven't guessed by now, there is no free ride.....
the expression used to go "grass or axx, nobody rides free.

Anonymous said...

NEITHER-It's well past time to tighten our belts. Besides, we have to pay the D.A.'s $150,000. salary!!

Anonymous said...

And our share of Governor Rendell's salary of $170,150.00 That would pay my social security for 17 years.

JMHO said...

Instead of repainted and or sandblasting the old courthouse... Why don't we clean up and trim the shrubs around the Adelphia building? It's looking a bit trashy. We could use some of this excess "rent money" or the fees imposed on the landmen to "rent" a desk in the registers and recorders office to clean up a bit. Has anyone been on the 3rd floor lately? I was up there about three months ago and the dead flies were really piling up. Classic government.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the police department could get a couple more new vehicles. They seem to have a new one every year. They are cheap these days. Especially SUV's w/ gas prices the way they are, even though they are a bit cheaper now. Maybe they should get off their fat a$$es and ride a bicycle around town like other places have started doing. Use the vehicle when needed, shut it off when you are sitting around instead of leaving it idle w/ the air on.. There are a lot of cost cutting measures that could be taken in that department alone.

Anonymous said...

The town police get a new vehicle every time the asshtray gets full.

Anonymous said...

You complain if the police do their job, you complain if they don't do their job. Who else can we pick on.

Anonymous said...

landowners will make money from wind and natural gas resulting in tax dollars genius.

Anonymous said...

At least that would mean someone in the county is making money.......