Logan County Judge Ray Gack recently said he wants to get some repairs done to the exterior of the Logan County Courthouse this year.
Gack also said he will run for another term as County Judge this year. County officeholders elected this year will serve a four-year term in office. Gack said a formal announcement will come later.
“I’ll run for at least one more term,” Gack said last week. “After that, we’ll take a look and see what has been accomplished.”
The work on the courthouse in Paris will include replacing the 12 wooden columns on the east, west and south sides of the building, which was built in the early 1900s and remodeled in 1950. The county has received a $150,000 grant for the project from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and bids for the work will be opened on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Paris courthouse.
Gack said the wooden columns are rotting and must be replaced.
“We wanted to use another material like aluminum or vinyl,” Gack said, “but we can’t because the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.”
Gack also said he plans to do some renovations to the exterior of the courthouse in Paris and the courthouse in Booneville this year.
“We have beautiful courthouses, but you’ve got to work to maintain them,” Gack said.
Gack also said he was to replace some old, low water bridges this year and continue maintenance on county roads.
“We’re going to be adding gravel to roads again this year,” Gack said. “The more gravel you have on our unpaved roads, the better they are for everyone.”
Gack also said that next year, he hopes to replace the clock tower on the Logan County Courthouse in Paris.
“The exterior lumber on that tower is rotting,” Gack said. “The lumber on the inside is fine right now, but the more we wait on the outside repairs, the greater the chance the lumber on the inside has to rot.”