Fiscal Court OKs lone bid to repair Wheeler roof

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By Sharon Graves

Carroll County Fiscal Court accepted a bid Feb. 10 of $46,490 to repair the roof on the county’s William L. Wheeler Hall of Justice on Clay Street.

The contract went to Tri-State Roofing of Lexington, Ky., the sole bidder.

Garland Van Hook of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts, who attended the meeting with county Circuit Clerk Laman Stark, told the court he  was surprised that only one company bid on the project. He said he had expected at least three bids.  

But Magistrate Floyd Bowling said he doesn’t believe the repairs the AOC asked for in the request for proposals will work, and said he thinks that’s why there weren’t more bids.

Van Hook said he believes the original roof system on the courthouse was a very good one, and wants it repaired rather than replaced.

“The best roofing system is hot tar on four-ply roofing material and we have that. It’s the Cadillac of roofing systems, and it should last a good while,” Van Hook said.

A rubber roof was installed last summer on the portion of the building that houses the Carroll County Regional Detention Center. The AOC opted out of including the courthouse in the project because of lack of funding.

“Financially, these dollars are coming from my coffers,” Van Hook said. “I’m confident these repairs will give us the additional 10 years out of our roofing system. If you take my professional opinion and my dollars and it still doesn’t stop the leaks, it will need to be repaired on my dollars as well.”

Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said he is concerned about possible water damage to the building if the repairs are not made soon.

“I don’t think we should accept the bid,” Magistrate Dean Miller said, but he, Bowling and Magistrate Mark Bates authorized Tomlinson to accept the bid, if the AOC agrees with everything in it.

Damaged cause by last month’s snow and ice storms was the next topic. Tomlinson reported that about 1,300 homes had been without power after the ice storm.

“Most of those outages were with Shelby Energy Cooperative and Owen Electric Cooperative,” he said. Power was restored to all customers here within a week of the storm.

Tomlinson said a shelter had been opened at the National Guard Armory on State Hwy. 227 in Carrollton for residents who lost power. It was still open at the time of the Fiscal Court meeting last week.

“Some National Guard members are actually staying there,” he said.

Tomlinson said special cots purchased for the hazardous materials decontamination unit at Carroll County Memorial Hospital were used for people staying at the shelter.

Once used, those cots must be discarded and replaced, Tomlinson explained. He said Tuesday, Feb. 17, that he didn’t know how many new cots the county needs to buy, or how much they would cost. However, he told the magistrates that the federal government will foot 75 percent of the bill, with the remainder paid for by state and local funds.

In other business, Tomlinson said county residents with debris leftover from the storms may leave their piles near the roadways or sidewalks in front of their houses for pickup.

“I hope the damage from the storm put a light on why we need tree removal on state and county roads,” Bates said.

The Carroll County Clerk’s office released $17,533.46 in excess fess to the court. The money will be deposited into the county’s general fund.

Finally, Rick Alexander was appointed to the Ghent Fire Protection District Board of Directors. His term ends in September 2012.