October 20, 2014

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Domestic court not in session due to heavy rainfall

MEDINA — Medina County Domestic Relations Court will be closed most of this week after Sunday’s rainfall caused the roof to fail.

“We were halfway between the old roof and the new one when the rain hit (Sunday),” said Joe Lewandowski, the domestic relations court bailiff.

Sunday’s heavy rainfall caused the roof over the Medina County Domestic Relations Court to fail. The court will be closed at least until Thursday due to the water damage. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Sunday’s heavy rainfall caused the roof over the Medina County Domestic Relations Court to fail. The court will be closed at least until Thursday due to the water damage. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Lewandowski noted a Medina County maintenance worker discovered the water damage late Sunday.

On Monday, Judge Mary Kovack said the court would be shut down at least through Thursday while ceiling and carpet damage in the great room and administrative offices is repaired.

“I’d say half our space is damaged here,” Kovack said. “We’re taking down our whole ceiling in the waiting room.”

Various computers, printers and court recorders also were destroyed by water, the judge said.

Insurance representatives were assessing the damage Monday. A cost estimate was not immediately available.

Repairs to the courthouse roof have been under way since the beginning of the month.

In April, county commissioners approved issuing $1.15 million in debt to cover roof replacement projects at the courthouse and county administration building as well as new windows. The roofing project is estimated to cost $343,000, County Administrator Chris Jakab has said.

Domestic relations court handles between 50 and 100 cases per day, said Kovack, who noted some emergency domestic violence cases likely will move this week to another courtroom until repairs are completed.

“This will put us way behind,” she said. “We were working phones Sunday night to tell people their hearings were called off today.”

For information regarding a domestic relations court proceeding this week, contact the office at (330) 725-9740.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.