Roof is a priority as buckets multiply

Roof is a priority as buckets multiply

Russell County Maintenance Director Leon Watson appeared before the county commission last week with plans for a new roof for the Russell County Courthouse. He assured commissioners that the current roof is beyond repair, having been patched more than 50 times since the roof was installed in 1995 – 25 years ago. 

Workers in the Russell County Courthouse on Dillingham and Broad streets have been scrambling to catch leaks, placing buckets throughout the building to catch the falling water. With the amount of rain the county has seen in the past month, it has become clear that something needs to be done as the buckets multiply. 

“We need to replace it,” Commission Chair Gentry Lee said. “It hasn’t been replaced since the building was built. We’ve had to do a lot of patching on it. For flat roof like that, it’s served us well. It didn’t just pop up on us. We’ve known about it for about two or three years and knew it was going to have to be done.”

The new roof will be TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing, an environmentally friendly material with good weatherability, fire, and chemical resistance. Because the material is TPO, which includes a reinforcement layer that gives more strength and stability, the seams can be hot-air welded. 

Watson estimated that the new roof will cost between $115-125,000. A pre-bid meeting will be held at the courthouse at 9 a.m. ET on Feb. 25, and bids will be received no later than March 12 by 11 a.m. ET. Awarding of the bid expected the week of March 25 at the Commission 9:30 a.m. ET.