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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

According to Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree, the crew from Five Star Roofing finished installing the roof on the Scioto County Courthouse Saturday afternoon.

In February the commissioners entered into a contract for $99,990 with Five Star Commercial Roofing, of Hartford City, Ind. to replace the existing roof of the courthouse.

Crabtree said the scope of the work includes the installation of a seamless roofing system that is expected to last 20 years.

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.

He said once the roof is repaired, the county will have to look into the extent of the damage on the fourth floor and look at ways to fix it.

In March, a change order on the project 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 causing damage to most of the office.

As a result, the county brought in Mike Asebrook of Asebrook & Co. Architects/Inspectors to examine the roof and make recommendations on how to prevent further flooding in the future.

Crabtree called the completion of the roof a good thing and said it needs to sit for two months and not be disturbed before any final inspections can be conducted.

“It’s finished to this degree. It’s got two months of curing. We’re going to have Asebrook take a look and make sure everything that he inspects is satisfactory,” Crabtree said. “At one point in time we will have to settle up them (Five Star). We’re not in a hurry to do that, we want to make sure everything is working alright.”

He said all of the drains were visually inspected once the crews left the roof.

“Once everything is cured out, we’re going to have Roto-Rooter come in and make sure all the drains are clear 150 feet down, like he (Asebrook) had suggested,” Crabtree said.

He said nothing can be done now because any damage done to the roof in the next 60 days will be the county’s responsibility.

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

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