Cortland County Moves Forward with Tendering Process for Courthouse Roof Repairs – Cortland Voice


Here’s a photo closing on the roof of the Cortland County Courthouse. (Photo source: Kevin L. Smith / Cortland Voice).

Cortland County officials will move forward asking for bids for a $ 350,000 roof repair package for the county courthouse building. The action was unanimously approved at a recent meeting of the County Legislature’s Buildings and Lands Committee.

The county legislature currently has two streams of funds that could support the costs of the renovations program. Buildings and Lands Committee chairman and county lawmaker Beau Harbin (D-LD2) said the county could use funds from a “building reserve” account in the budget which is expected to have “a lot. funds ”to cover costs.

Alternatively, the county has earmarked funds from the $ 9.2 million received through the American Rescue Plan Act as part of the federal stimulus to work on repairs to the courthouse. Harbin said the county has designated up to $ 1 million to help rejuvenate the courthouse.

Chuck Miller, county building and land manager, presented a quote from Soprema, a national industrial roofing company that assessed the current state of the courthouse.

The remodeling, totaling $ 350,000, would include renovating “flashings, sills, moldings, crowns and sealing everything, restoring dormers and parts of shingled roofs,” according to Miller.

After committee approval, Miller will now move forward to obtain quotes from contractors and return to the legislature to approve and award a bid.

“We are looking to move forward quickly so that we are right at the front of the line in the spring,” Harbin said in an interview on Friday.

“You’re talking about a roof that’s 70 feet in the air, three stories tall, and about 12,000 square feet of surface space,” Miller said. “I think from a budgetary point of view this is really what it should be if we don’t have to do it on an emergency basis.”

Harbin added that the county reviewed a report from two years ago that detailed needed repairs to the courthouse. The building is almost 100 years old (1924).

“There are a lot of moving parts in the courthouse right now, and we really need to focus on restoring this building,” Harbin said. “We really need to make major improvements throughout the courthouse. “

County lawmaker George Wagner (R-LD15) spoke in support of the project.

“The price is right from start to finish,” Wagner said.

Lawmakers have agreed to seek a 50-year warranty on roofing shingles, noting they would like the project to address repairs that will last for years. This addendum will increase the total price of the project, but it is not known how significant this increase will be at this time.

Miller said that due to the looming winter weather, renovations are scheduled to begin in April.

The courthouse dome will be a separate item and the legislature has not received a cost estimate for the project.


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