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Clarion County District Magistrate Moving to Renovated Former Goodwill Store

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 04:03 PM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Offices for District Magistrate Duane Quinn will move on Thursday into the newly remodeled Clarion County building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Liberty Street that once housed Goodwill, Golden Dawn, and A&P.

Quinn is moving from rented offices on Grant Street for Magisterial District Judge Court 18-3-01. 

Probation offices now in rented space in the former Haskell Furniture building at the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue will be next to move within the next few weeks.

Clarion County Commissioners Ted Tharan, Wayne Brosius, and Ed Heasley approved the purchase of the new building and its remodeling using existing Clarion County maintenance employees.

Tharan conducted a tour of the new magistrate offices and explained activities in each of the rooms (shown in the above video).

They paid $319,000.00 for the building and large parking lot and budgeted $300,000.00 for the renovation.  On a Tuesday morning press tour of the new magistrate office, they proudly reported that they are below budget and will likely be less than $300,000.00.

Tharan, a former builder of office buildings and homes, spearheaded the efforts to transform the building. He designed the new building and took his plans to Joe Stahlman at Clarion Builders Supply and inputted the design into a CAD system used for construction.

“We used those plans to go to Bureau Veritas,” said Tharan.  “Bureau Veritas is the inspection agency, and they enforce the state code. They take the plans and show you what will work and won’t work. You use the code to determine things like the width of hallways by the number of people who have egress or electric light switches have to a certain height, etc. Everything like that is specified as to how high it must be.  Plus, we have 20 additional parking places here.”

Approximately 90 percent of the material for the project was purchased from Clarion County businesses.  Commissioners pushed local businesses to join.

“I think the COSTAR people of Clarion County are Ochs Lumber, Clarion Builders Supply, 84 Lumber, Lezzer Lumber, and Scott Electric,” said Tharan.

What’s next?

“There is a list that won’t stop. There’s work at the courthouse we have to do, but the next job when we leave here is to get the coroner’s office done at the Human Services Building on Seventh Avenue. Then, they go over to the county park to get things done there. The next major job is the Judge wants the law clerk office done in the courtroom, and then we have to look at doing different windows in the courtroom.”

The use of Clarion County’s seven maintenance workers was made possible by a decision to group them.

Tharan said all three commissioners made the decision. “It’s not just me. These are the people who say let’s do stuff.”

Brosius added, “Ted has done a fantastic job along with the workers led by John Stiglitz.”

“We regrouped them, and instead of each staying at a county facility and waiting until something broke, we brought them all to this location, and when something did break elsewhere, they went there to fix it.  We also have park people over here too and redid the park schedule.”

“Not only do they work here, every time it snows, but they also have to plow snow at all of the county properties. Each morning when they come in at 5:00 a.m., they might go out and plow snow for three or four hours and then come here and work for four hours.  Their schedule is flexible for whatever needs to be done.  One guy goes to the jail three or four days a week to do repairs. A new roof at the jail is also a future project. The list is endless when you think of these guys’ potential.”

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