Commission to consider repairs to courthouse roof

Published 7:03 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Major leaks to sections of the roof on the Claiborne Courthouse building have prompted two resolutions for consideration during the next regular monthly meeting of the Claiborne Commission.

Resolution 2018-020, if adopted, will allow the immediate roof repairs to the left of the large courtroom near the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The damage is apparently so severe that it presents an ongoing safety hazard where rainwater is pooling onto the floor, according to the resolution.

The existing heating and cooling units in that area of the rooftop will be moved to ground level to prevent any future structural damage due to the vibrations of the units’ motors.

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The HVAC system located over the Clerk & Master’s Office will also be repaired, if this resolution is adopted.

The total cost of these repairs will be $10,300.

Resolution 2018-021 will allow County Mayor Jack Daniels to solicit bids to replace the shingles, any damaged decking, and/or seam metal to the courthouse roof. It was determined by inspection that it would be more cost-effective to replace the entire roof rather than doing ‘spot repairs’ on an emergency basis, according to the resolution.

The county mayor will also be authorized to accept any insurance recovery money and to move any funds from the undesignated fund balance to cover the difference.

It is anticipated that the cost of replacing the roof will be in excess of $25,000.

Resolution 2018-019, if adopted, seats the county budget committee for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Commissioners Charlton Vass, Bill Keck, Mike Campbell, Dennis Estes, Mitchell Cosby, Steve Mason, Shawn Peters, David Mundy and James Hatmaker will serve on this committee.

Resolution 2018-018 calls for the amending of the Federal Projects Budget for the school system to reflect $3,333.60 in CTE Perkins Grant monies. This resolution involves no state or local tax dollars.

As is usually the case, the Claiborne Commission could add or delete line items on their agenda during the opening moments of the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 19. The meeting will be held inside the large courtroom of the Claiborne County Courthouse, located on Main Street in Tazewell.

The public is encouraged to attend these monthly meetings.