County appoints members to committee studying Osage County Courthouse

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Osage County’s Board of Commissioners recently completed the appointment of a seven-member committee to study issues related to the physical condition of the Osage County Courthouse.

Three committee members — District Court Judge John Kane, Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike Fischer and Osage County Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown — were appointed by commission Chairman Scott Hilton on Nov. 23.

One week later, commissioners announced the other four appointments — attorney Mike Tolson, businesswoman Cathy Ross, builder Jerry Loftis and businessman Barry Keeler.

Committee members are expected to consider the feasibility of making repairs to the current courthouse instead of constructing an entirely new facility. The committee was asked to keep commissioners apprised with periodic updates and progress reports.

The century-old Courthouse building has been found to have serious structural defects resulting from its advanced age as well as from earthquake damage. It lacks space needed for courthouse functions and cannot be used for many modern-day services.

Last Monday, county commissioners considered making repairs to the stairs on the south side of the courthouse. A special meeting to further discuss the stair repairs was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday.