County buys brick after leveling Ohio courthouse

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TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) -- A county engineer says he has received both praise and criticism for arranging to buy about 6,500 tons of stone and brick from a more than century-old Ohio courthouse that was recently torn down after a battle over its preservation.

Taxpayers hoping to save the Seneca County Courthouse in Tiffin abandoned their effort when the Ohio Supreme Court declined to intervene.

County Engineer Mark Zimmerman tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo (http://bit.ly/AEk95w ) it was a chance to save taxpayers money on materials that his department regularly buys for road and bridge projects. He says the stone and brick cost his office $3.60 per ton, compared with nearly $20 per ton to acquire stone from a quarry.

He said he wanted to make the best of the situation.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/