PDT Staff Writer
A bid-opening was held on Tuesday with the Scioto County Commissioners on a project to replace the roof on the Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services building located at 710 Court St. Portsmouth.
Original estimates had the project costing around $190,000.
Two bids were received for the project, K&W Roofing of Pataskala, Ohio at $455,625. The second bid came from H&H Roofing Specialists of West Portsmouth at $228,000.
When asked why the roof needs replaced, Paige Robbins, Director of the Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services said, “Our warranty on the roof ended in Feb. 2012. We have had some ongoing leaks that’s been managed under the warranty. What we found after last winter was that it really took a toll on the roof and now it’s time to replace it.”
Robbins said the existing roof was installed in 1992 when the building underwent a construction project.
“We had a building and there were additions added to it, that’s when the (existing) roof was installed,” Robbins said. “It’s getting older and we have leaks throughout the building and we don’t want that to cause any kind of damage inside the building.”
She said the roof is roughly 14,000 square feet.
When the bids were opened Robbins, along with commissioners Mike Crabtree and Doug Coleman, were hopeful they would come in within the allotted budget.
“A half a million dollars for a roof, I could go up there with a bucket of tar and fix that whole problem over a weekend, for $20,” Crabtree said.
The commissioners were comparing the prices to the price they received to replace the courthouse roof earlier this year.
“That likely consistent with what we got the first time around (in seeking bids to replace the courthouse roof),” Crabtree said.
The bid documents were referred to Robbins for consideration. If the bids have to be rejected, the project will likely be re-bid.
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