Lincoln to leave Troy

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — After spending nearly a year on the courthouse square, the statue of President Abraham Lincoln will be leaving Troy on April 4.

At their meeting Thursday, the Miami County Commissioners met with Diana Thompson, executive director of the Miami County Visitors Bureau, as well as county and city officials to discuss the removal of the statue.

“Return Visit,” a 30-foot-tall, 40,000 pound monumental sculpture installed last spring, was originally planned to come down on Oct. 27. But Seward Johnson Atelier, the company that owns the sculpture, reached out to Troy Main Street in the fall to offer an extension.

The statue, which has been on display since May 2015, has drawn thousands of people to the courthouse lawn.

The commissioners, city and county officials, and the Visitors Bureau discussed closing West Main Street from Short Street to Plum Street while the statue is disassembled and loaded onto trucks. Work will begin on the statue around 8 a.m. on April 4, weather permitting.

At their meeting, the commissioners also approved a bid for the Eldean Road resurfacing and berm stabilization project at a cost of $214,724 to Wagner Paving.

The commissioners also approved several purchases for the IT Department, including three security monitor systems at a cost of $3,447. The monitors will be installed at the sheriff’s office stairwell entries and the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office.

The IT Department will also purchase 10 desk chairs to replace worn out and broken furniture in the office at a cost not to exceed $3,000, and licensing for its video servers at a cost of $2,240.

The commissioners also authorized the purchase of eight computers and five scanners for the Job and Family Services Department, at a cost of $4,091 and $4,294, respectively.

The purchase of a $14,864 convection steamer was also approved for the Incarceration Facility. The current unit is no longer functional and repairs are expensive.

At the first meeting following Election Day, Commissioner Richard Cultice, who lost his bid for re-election to Greg Simmons, issued a statement.

“I would like to wish Mr. Simmons good luck in the future upon assuming his new responsibilities,” he said. “I want to thank those who supported me over the past years allowing me the opportunity to serve the community. A special thanks to my wife, family and friends who have helped make it possible.”

By Cecilia Fox

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