County courthouse roof is leaking

Todd Poeppelmeier, right, roofing consultant with Garland of Dayton, uses photographs to show Madison County Commissioners on Monday places where his team’s inspection shows water damage to the county courthouse roof. No estimate was given to repair the damage, which is primarily in the northwest corner of the building.

The Madison County Courthouse roof is leaking in spots, it was revealed to county commissioners on Monday.

Todd Poeppelmeier, roofing consultant of Garland of Dayton, showed commissioners David Dhume, Mark Forrest and Paul Gross a group of photos taken during a recent inspection of the roof of the courthouse. Some water leakage has been detected in the clerk of court’s office, which occupies the upper level on the northwest side of the courthouse.

Garland’s crew gave the roof a thorough inspection which showed the 100-plus year old building is showing its age. Some pieces of flashing have loosened up and the seams of some of the gutters have worn through, which causes water to go places where it should not be.

“The gutters are in rough shape,” Poeppelmeier said.

The photos revealed some of the roofing slates have partially come loose. Poeppelmeier said it is not of the fault of the slate, which he described as good slate.

“It’s the fasteners that are failing,” he said.

Poeppelmeier did not give an estimate of the two priority items he shared with commissioners: fix the gutters and the slates.

Gross said the commissioners will contact Garland as to when they want to schedule the repair. He said the commissioners are in the midst of a total building assessment.

“So much work needs to be done,” Gross said.

So much work that the commissioners are considering the purchase of scaffolding.

In other business, negotiations with broadband providers has resulted in a nearly $700-per-month savings to the county.

Rob Slane, the county’s information technology manager, said with the current agreement from broadband services for all the county buildings about to expire, he had been contacted by a number of providers.

So he set about negotiations with the various providers.

When it was all said and done, Slane said he negotiated the best deal with Fidelity Voice and Data. A bill that was formerly $4,987 per month will now be $4,300 per month — a savings of $687 monthly. As a benefit, the bandwidth will increase by three times in some buildings, and up to five times in others.

“We can flow more information quicker,” Slane said.

The county will also be saving some money through its insurer, County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA).

CORSA marketing manager, Ginny Shrimplin, CIC, told commissioners with the change of carriers from Travelers to County Re-insurance, Inc., their annual cost will go from $193,177 to $180,000.

Also, claims have been lower than expected, which contributes to a savings she said added up to a 12 percent decrease.

Shrimplin also said the county’s loss control incentive credit has been raised from $600,000 to $800,000. Loss control includes initiating practices and training of employees which can potentially reduce claims.

“Anything to minimize claims,” Shrimplin said.

Lori Dodge Dorsey, director of the Department of Job and Family Services, said Jen Miller, Children’s Services director, has resigned to take a position with the state. She said the department will be conducting a search for her replacement.

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