Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners Monday night that some issues can wait but if other repairs go without attention, they could cost the county a lot more money.
“The courthouse – it’s just a matter of going around the perimeter walls, digging those out and straightening them back up. Some of the stone underneath the stairwells need to be refitted. There’s a section of sidewalk that also needs replaced.
“The county home has sections of brick that need to be fixed. The biggest part is the foundation. That would be the most difficult to repair, but that is something that needs to be looked at fairly soon,” said Johnston.
A preliminary structural condition assessment of the county home conducted by American Structurepoint, Inc. found that a basement floor beam has separated and deflected, the interior foundation wall has deteriorated, and foundation damage was located at a duct intersection. Some brick on the exterior of the building needs repaired and wall separation has occurred on the second floor. Johnston added that ventilation could be better in the attic.
The total cost of structural repairs at the county home was estimated at $500,000 and the estimated cost of repairs at the courthouse totals $57,000. The commissioners took the information under advisement.