Courthouse roof will cost over $800,000

(Posted May 10, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Replacing the Madison County Courthouse roof comes with a hefty price tag.

On May 7, Rob Slane, county administrator, informed the county commissioners that the preliminary estimate for the project is $830,000.

The plan calls for tearing off the existing slate and rubber roofing, repairing the underlayment, fabricating new metal parts where trim has rusted or rotted, replacing gutters, and installing new slate and rubber. Most of the work will be done via scaffolding. The roofing on the dome at the very top of the courthouse will be done by lift.

Because the underlayment has deteriorated, slate is falling off in places and interior leaks have caused damage.

“We can make repairs but they usually only last a short time before you need to repair it again,” said Slane of the decision to move forward with full replacement.

The goal, he said, is to start the project this fall and complete it before winter. The commissioners gave Slane approval to put the project out to bid.

Commissioner David Dhume wants to be sure a close eye is kept on the budget once construction starts. He doesn’t want to see contingency funds depleted.

Todd Poeppelmeier of the Garland Co., a manufacturer of commercial roofing materials, prepared the estimate and will oversee the project, Slane said. Poeppelmeier has overseen several other projects for the county in recent years.

In addition to the roof project, upcoming courthouse improvements include replacement of all railings, exterior masonry tuck-pointing, and reconfiguration of the basement space to add three offices for the juvenile court, relocation of a tax map room, and relocation of the building and zoning department to the former Veterans Services space.

Already completed are repairs, insulation, painting and water-sealing of the courthouse dome. Additionally, the doors at all of the entrances have been refinished and interior painting work has been done.

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