Courthouse roof repairs delayed
By Dwayne Bremer
Dec 6, 2017, 11:23
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday delayed the awarding of a $350,000 contract for a new roof and other repairs at the county courthouse on Main Street.
Chancery Clerk Tim Kellar said they wanted to hear from several judges who occupy the courthouse, but their feedback had been delayed by the Thanksgiving holidays.
Last month, supervisors opened bids on the project.
The roof replacement was the first of two phases of repairs and improvements that supervisors are planning.
The low bid for the roof replacement came in at about $350,000.
Supervisors said the repair costs were higher than originally anticipated because of the courthouse's historical status.
"The Department of Archives and History approved the slate of the roof, but it did not approve the type of shingles we want to install," Board President Blaine LaFontaine said last month. "This made it more expensive."
Supervisors will use funds from a $3 million bond it obtained earlier this year to repair the courthouse roof.
The second phase of the project involves adding new security features to the building.
The enhancements included, but were not limited to, closing in the breezeway; adding metal detectors, adding an intercom system; and adding video surveillance.
Kellar said he expected the board to make a final decision at the next meeting on Dec. 18.