Courthouse repairs bear hefty price tag
by Michele Longworth
Aug 21, 2013 | 1114 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Take one look at Massac County’s Courthouse and a person can see by looking at the building, it could use some improvement.

Upon closer inspection inside the courthouse, people will see there are several issues the county commissioners are trying to deal with.

Those problems range from an old roof that is peeling and water leaks to damaged plaster, an antiquated heating system and plumbing issues.

Back on May 14, Kevin Bollman of Honeywell Business Systems was present at the board meeting along with Mark Shipley to conduct a walkthrough of the courthouse to look at the roof, electrical upgrades, heating and air conditioning system, windows and façade.

On Aug. 16, Massac County’s commissioners met again with Bollman and Barry Melton to go over the “laundry list of items,” that were inspected. Bollman began by saying the walkthrough with the architect in July was “extensive.” He explained there are four different areas where the building has deficiencies. He also noted that another Honeywell Systems employee, Michael Bruders has been going over the past few years of the county’s financials.

In talking about the mechanical system, Bollman explained there is silt in the system and in the boiler and there are leaks under the flooring. Their recommendation would be to demolish the boiler system and put in a more modern heating and air conditioning system, and they recommend a Variable Refrigerant Flow system.

According to Bollman, the roof needs to be replaced because either due to age or to the fact that it was improperly installed, it is peeling up. He also pointed out the gutters and downspouts are undersized and water is splashing onto the bricks.

Another area of concern is that of the boiler stack, which has structural cracks and needs to be taken down. He said half of the joints are open and mortar is gone.

When it comes to the area of windows, Bollman said the county could decide to refurbish the windows in place and if that is the option the county chooses, they would recommend adding a second layer inside. The other option is remove and replace the windows with double pane windows.

Something else that would have to be done is dropping the ceiling in certain areas in order to cool the corridors.

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