PDT Staff Writer
Mike Crabtree, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said Tuesday that the roof project on the Scioto County Courthouse could be done as soon as next week.
He also said possible first steps in the renovation of the fourth floor of that building is also being explored.
Crabtree said, crews have found “a considerable amount of deterioration of the material underneath the rubber (on the roof).”
He said the crews have been taking deteriorated materials from the roof on their shoulders by the bag full.
“It’s run into a little more effort on their part than they (Five Star Commercial Roofing) thought, but that’s part of the deal,” Crabtree said.
When asked about a time frame moving forward, Crabtree said, “I’ve heard they may be done at the end of the week but, I think it will run into next week.”
He acknowledged the project has been a bit controversial since its beginning, but said it would have been more controversial if nothing had been done.
He said since the project began, the county has been proactive in looking to fix areas within the building that have been leaking.
“We’ve taken some measures to improve the situation on the roof. We’ve replaced the old style vents that were catching a lot of wind. They have been replaced with modern vents that are much less prone to wind damage,” Crabtree said.
He said a lot of the places on the fourth floor that were holding water or were damp when the roof leaked, are now dry.
Crabtree said the downspouts that caused the offices of Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Matthew McFarland to flood are now being inspected daily to ensure there isn’t a repeat of debris clogging the flow of water.
“When the job is done and the new roof is down, the downspouts will be cleaned out,” Crabtree said. “Once we do that, those problems should be eliminated. When it’s all said and done, I think we’ll see a great deal of improvement in the courthouse.”
Because of the condition of the roof, the fourth floor of the building has, for the most part, been uninhabited.
Crabtree said someone will be coming in late this week to look at the remains of the former jail to see what can be recycled.
“We are going to have them look at how much they can salvage and how much it would offset the cost of taking it out,” Crabtree said.
When asked if removing the recyclable items could be the first step towards starting a renovation project on the fourth floor, Crabtree said, “It can be. It really depends on what kind of numbers they give us. We have to look at our options and see what we can and can’t do.”
He said before any renovation project can be started, those items would have have to removed anyway.
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