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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ind. Courts - Fixing the Vigo County courthouse dome

Jon Swaner of WTHITV 10 reports:

Preventing water damage: that's the goal of a request recently made by the Vigo County Council.

The Commissioners are asking the County Council to approve an estimated $100,000 appropriation to fix the roof of the courthouse dome.

From the outside, the Vigo County Courthouse looks picturesque. But the copper of its dome hides a problem that will ultimately cost taxpayers.

"We did have some leaks,” said Vigo County Commissioner, Brad Anderson. “We’ve got some holes in there. We've also got some splitting of the copper, so we need to try to get that soldered and sealed."

Randall Reedy, of the County Maintenance Department, took News 10 up the 139 steps that lead to the top of the dome to see the damage. It's a long way to the top, but you don't have to get there to begin seeing signs of damage.

As more time passes and more rain falls, the damage at the courthouse is becoming more extensive.

Once in the dome, you can see the holes in the roof. Last month, the commissioners brought some members of the council up here to see the damage for themselves.

"We wanted to make sure that they understood how important it is to get this fixed," said Anderson.

Reedy says he spends a lot of time up here mopping and dumping buckets of water. It may sounds like a lot of work, but for Reedy, he says it's worth it because he knows his work is not in vain.

"We just spent quite a bit of money through the past few years renovating that,” Anderson explained. “We don't want to take any chances on that being ruined." * * *

"We just spent I wanna say $15 million on renovations to the courthouse," Council President Bill Thomas said. "so we wanna protect those investments along with all the records that are irreplaceable. "

The story includes a video of a trip to the top of the dome, showing not only holes in the skin of the dome, but a lot of water damage. It is unclear from the story whether the $110,000 is just for repairs to the copper dome, or also includes replacement of all the rotten wood ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 12, 2013 08:25 AM
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