County finds puddling on new courthouse roof

By Wayne Allen

September 25, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

It was reported at the Tuesday meeting of the Scioto County Commissioners that an issue has been found with the roof of the Scioto County Courthouse.

“There is a minor issue with the roof,” said Mike Crabtree, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners. “When they (Five Star Roofing) put the new roof on they (Five Star Roofing) left an area, where it holds a puddle. On a flat roof like that it’s very hard to get it where you do not have any puddling. Typically if a puddle does not evaporate within a day or two then it’s considered a problem and that’s what we have. The roof is still under contract and they (Five Star Roofing) have agreed to come fix it.”

Crabtree said the area in question is located near one of the solar lights on the roof. He said the issue was caused when the insulation was removed from the area in question, the new insulation was not stacked high enough.

“We’ve known about this for sometime. It’s not leaking, but overtime if that’s not addressed it could deteriorate,” Crabtree said.

Crabtree said the county wants the project done right, and Five Star Roof has agreed fix the issue.

In February, the Scioto County Commissioners entered into a contract with Five Star Commercial Roofing for $99,990 to replace the existing roof of the courthouse. The extent of the damage left by the previous roof has made the majority of the fourth floor uninhabitable with some damage beginning to appear on the third floor of the building. Crabtree said now that the roof is repaired, the county can look into the extent of the damage on the fourth floor and ways to fix it.

In March, a change order came in on the roof project and was approved by the commissioners that called for an additional $23,000 to be spent on the project to replace a layer of insulation between the roof and the concrete that had become damaged over the years.

On March 18, the offices of Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Matt McFarland’s offices became flooded as a result of a clogged downspout on the roof causing damage to most of the office. In June, the commissioners reported receiving an insurance check for nearly $28,000 to cover the damage done McFarland’s office. After the flooding occurred, McFarland moved his office and staff to the courthouse annex to establish a temporary office and has been there ever since. McFarland has expressed an interest to the commissioners of staying in the courthouse annex.

As a result of the flooding, the county brought in Mike Asebrook to examine the roof and make recommendations on how to prevent further flooding in the future. Asebrook offered three recommendations in his report. Among the recommendations were to “require a manufacturer’s representative inspect and approve the installed work, obtained proof of current general liability and workers’ compensation insurance and obtain warranty and lien-waivers before any additional payments are made.”

In addition, “perform and record monthly roof-reviews by maintenance staff, and annual manufacture’s inspections to remove all potential obstructions and discover any membrane defects.”

In April it was reported that crews from Five Star Roofing had finished work installing the new roof. According to the Scioto County Auditor’s office, a total of $122,990 was paid by the county to Five Star Commercial Roofing.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.