June 29, 2016

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New courthouse roof might be completed by Friday

MEDINA — The first phase of a more than $340,000 project to fix two county facilities should be completed by the end of this week.

County Administrator Chris Jakab told county commissioners Monday the replacement of the Medina County Courthouse roof is expected to be finished by Friday. Repairs to the courthouse roof have been under way since early June.

“Our current estimate for finishing the courthouse roof is this week,” Jakab said.

The courthouse and county administration building are receiving flat roofs, which are good for 30 years, Jakab said. The courthouse has three sections of roof, one of which includes shingles and the other two a rubber-like material, Jakab said.

On June 19, the Medina County Domestic Relations Court portion of the courthouse was damaged in a rain storm when roof construction was ongoing. The court was closed for four days so ceiling tile and carpet in the great room and administrative offices could be replaced after the roof gave way. Water also destroyed computers, printers and court records.

Jakab said the completion of the courthouse roof should take care of issues involving recent leaks.

“I think we’ll be safe from the water infiltration we’ve had last month and the last few years,” he said.

Prior to June, the most recent work on the courthouse roof included minor upgrades approximately 12 years ago, Jakab said.

In April, commissioners approved issuing $1.15 million in debt to cover roof replacement projects at the courthouse and county administration building, as well as new windows. The roofing project came in at about $343,000, Jakab has said.

Jakab noted the roof work at county administration building should be completed in a couple weeks.

The Garland Co. of Cleveland is the contractor for the roofing projects.

The ongoing repairs do not include the restoration of the courthouse clock tower, which is estimated to cost $258,100. That project has been put off until 2012.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or steveg@medina-gazette.com.