After considerable discussion, the Warren County Board voted to approve repairs to the entire jail roof as well as a portion of the Courthouse roof over the State's Attorney's office that is leaking and causing damage. By approving the package the County will enjoy a discount of a little over $11,000 from Renaissance Roofing over doing the work in stages. The total cost of the project will be $121,365 with $74,000 of that coming from the sale of the ROE building and the remaining funds being drawn from the County Offices account. That account was funded decades ago and reached a balance of over $600K at one point. The balance today is approximately $311K, and is not currently being replenished, however Board members agreed those funds were intended for major capital projects - like roof repairs. Dave Jenks said the county might actually save more than the $11K as the cost of raw materials for future repairs would likely be higher than in the current bid. Only Board Members Marvin Hawk and Stephen Johnson voted against the measure. Chairman Bill Reichow received input from state officials.
The new roof is expected to last 100 years and not require significant maintenance for decades. Board members chose not to pursue annual maintence agreements that would cost about $5,000.