Quorum Court celebrates Black History Month

Quorum Court celebrates Black History Month

County officials recognizes community contributors


As is their annual tradition, the Crittenden County Quorum Court recognized Black History Month with the presentation of proclamations honoring some of the county’s citizens for the roles they have played in the community.

This year’s honorees were Deputy Probate Clerk Patrick Robinson, nominated by Justice Claude “Shorty” Steele; retired school cafeteria supervisor Ms. Leil Beason of Crawfordsville, nominated by Justice Joe Marotti, and longtime Quorum Court Justice Vickie Robertson, who was nominated by fellow Justice Robert Thorne in recognition of her 26 years of service on the Quorum Court.

In regular county business: The county’s plans to renovate the county office building just got a little bit more expensive.

Justice Joe Marotti, who chairs the buildings committee, told the Quorum Court that they still plan to go ahead with plans to renovate the entire building, but will first have to replace the entire exterior first.

“We’re moving forward with the office building — slowly,” Marotti said. “But we ran into a little roadblock. We decided that it would be better to replace the facade of the outside of the building while we are doing renovations.”

Marotti said the work comes with a steep price tag.

“It’s $300,000 just to do the outside of the building,” Marotti said. “Yeah!”

Marotti said because of the huge cost, the building committee has decided to break up the cost to do the outside work by splitting it up into sections.

The county got a $170,000 bid to do replace the outside of the east side of the building first. They also plan to go ahead with the asbestos removal which will cost about $10,000.

The east side of the building will get all new frames and windows.

Robertson recognized for service

The Quorum Court honored one of its own during Black History Month. Justice Vickie Robertson was nominated by Justice Robert Thorne in recognition of her 26 years of service on the court.

Photo by Mark Randall

Thank you for your service!

County Tax Collector Ellen Foote reads a proclamation honoring Patrick Robinson during Black History Month. Robinson is the first African-American deputy probate clerk to work in the county clerk’s office. He was nominated by Justice Claude “Shorty” Steele.”

Photo by Mark Randall

Crawfordsville resident honored

Justice Joe Marotti reads a proclamation honoring Crawfordsville resident Ms. Leil Beason during Black History Month. The 94 year-old Beason is a retired school cafeteria supervisor and said the secret to living into her 90s was to “serve the Lord, eat right, and act right.”

Photo by Mark Randall “It’s just not an easy fix,” Marotti said.

County Treasurer Charlie Suiter they will be replacing the whole exoskeleton of the building.

“The whole exterior will come off where there are windows,” Suiter said.

“And then they will go from the ground up with new windows where it is insulated and will have UV double paned windows. It’s going to be real nice.”

Suiter said the good news is that once the work is done, the county will have an almost brand new building that will last another 50 years.

“It’s costly. But it’s a one time fix,” Suiter said. “That is actually a wonderful building. It’s structurally sound. It’s solid cast concrete like a parking garage.

If you were to build a building that size, we could not afford to build one. It’s a good investment. I wish we had a couple more of them like that.”

The cost to renovate the west side of the building is estimated at $87,000. And both the north and south side will cost about $26,880 for each side, which will also get new doors, windows, and framing.

The chiller boiler system will also be replaced with a new heating and air system. “It can also be phased in stages as well,” said County Judge Woody Wheeless.

Marotti said the plan is to replace the east side facade this year then move inside and renovate the upstairs room, which is currently being used by 4H, for the juvenile department. The west side will then be renovated in 2019.

“Once we get the facade done, that will let us go ahead and work on the inside and move the juvenile in there,” Marotti said.

“Then we will open up the west side and renovate it.”

By Mark Randall