Plans to renovate courthouse roof move forward in county

Plans to renovate courthouse roof move forward in

By MISTY FRITZ

Enquirer-Democrat Reporter

Macoupin County Board’s Building and Grounds Committee voted Monday night, Feb. 4, to recommend the full board move forward with the next steps necessary for renovations to the roof of the courthouse, including the dome.

The renovation is actually a combination of two related roofing projects: one for the dome itself, and the other for the remainder of the courthouse roof. All costs are approximate because bids have not yet been sought and could come in higher or lower.

For the dome roof, the anticipated construction cost is $249,740, broken into $45,990 for lead and asbestos removal; $183,750 for the new rubberized coating; and $20,000 for flag pole and stone repair. For the remainder of the roof, the total is $202,125, broken into $70,875 for lead and asbestos removal and $131,250 for the coating.

In addition to the construction costs, there will also be a 7 percent architectural fee, which is $17,481.80 for the dome roof and $14,148.75 for the rest of the roof. All told, including fees, the project is expected to cost about $483,500.

Approximately $250,000 was budgeted for the project this fiscal year. Matt Loyet of Loyet Architects in Highland said because the next fiscal year starts in September, payment for the project could be staggered across the two fiscal years.

It was noted the budget does not account for any federal prisoners, which is expected to bring in approximately $600,000 this year, with associated expenses being only a small subset of that. A portion of the remaining funds could be used to pay for some of the courthouse project.

In addition, the two portions of the project could be split so that only one is done at a time. However, that would increase the cost by about $20,000 because of the second setup needed for lead and asbestos removal. Construction costs could also go up before the second portion is done.

The possibility of seeking community donations to help offset the cost, similar to what was done for the old jail renovation, was also discussed, though no decision was made.

The roof is still the original metal roof that was installed when the courthouse was built in the late 1860s. There are some small holes in it that will need to be filled, as well as some weak spots that may have to be reinforced with new metal.

Board Chairman Mark Dragovich said roof repairs have been put off for at least 30-40 years; the dome was last painted in the 1980s.

The committee recommended the full board pay the architectural fee to Loyet’s office so they can do the necessary preparations for the project and put it out for bids. The bids will be opened prior to the April board meeting.