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Deja vu, all over again

December 21, 2011 - Rob Weaver
Monday, 44 taxpayers filed a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking a stay of execution of sorts for the 1884 courthouse.

Tuesday, County Prosecutor Derek DeVine filed a response with the court.

Wednesday, the court voted 6-1 to deny the request for a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction and an emergency alternative writ of mandamus which would have ordered county commissioners provide a courthouse for “administration of justice in Seneca County,” and honor past commitments to renovate the 1884 courthouse.

It all happened so swiftly. Could execution of a decision regarding the old courthouse be near?

I doubt it.

The decision by the state’s high court didn’t come as a surprise. How could the justices order the county commissioners to do their job of providing a courthouse ... when the county has two? The municipal courts occupy the annex and the probate and juvenile courts are across the street.

But please excuse me for doubting the 1884 structure will come down as now planned. Or be renovated according to earlier plans.

You see, this is the time of year when I comb through each daily edition, compiling the annual chronology section. And every year since the 1884 courthouse was closed, the building’s fate has been a recurring theme in the year-in-review publication.

Often during the last half-dozen, I’ve felt like Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day.” In the 1993 film, a TV weatherman repeatedly lives the same day, seeing the same people do the same things and covering the same story Groundhog Day after Groundhog Day.

That story had a happy ending. I’m not convinced this one ever will end.


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