timberland combat boots Court flood damage restoration 60 percent complete
One month after a burst water pipe led to the flooding of the court section of the Morgan County Justice Center, county officials say flood damage restoration work at the justice center is now sixty percent complete.
County Commissioner Mark Arndt said the majority of the work has been the replacing of drywall, carpeting and ceiling tiles throughout the court space.
The pipe burst occurred in the ceiling of the court entry archway on Dec. 30 and sent water streaming through the building. Arndt said the offices for the DA and probation officers were exposed to the most water and experienced the heaviest damage as a result.
According to Arndt, restorations of the DA’s office space were 90 percent complete as of Tuesday. Renovations of two of the facility’s four courtrooms have already been completed and the necessary work will be done on the facility’s other two courtrooms when the court’s docket allows.
About 90 percent of the drywall work needed for the entire building has been done, Ardnt said, as well as about 60 percent of the total carpeting work. Work on the entry way is also nearing completion with only minor finishes remaining, he said. However, it is also is making sense to do some repair work that won’t be covered by the insurance company, he said.
“There’s some stuff that it makes sense to do while we are doing work,” Ardnt said. “If we are going to have the crews in there and if we are going to paint three walls we might as well paint four to get it completed.”
Arndt also said he did not yet know the full dollar amount for the repair work but said the cost of the repairs will exceed $100,000 real easy.
The courts and offices contained in the flooded section of the justice center have been functioning normally since reopening on Jan. 8, Arndt said.
However, the DAs have been working out of a temporary rented space off site since the flooding occurred. Arndt said the probation office will be temporarily moved into the DA office space once those renovations are complete. The DAs will then move into their office after the probation team has moved back into their office.
One section of the building Arndt said will be difficult to complete restoration work on is the office space for the clerks, which needs new carpeting. Arndt said the busyness of the clerks and the amount of files that will have to be temporarily relocated from the office means that the county will have to schedule a slower time at the court for that work to be done and may try to do so on the weekend.
Arndt said the county’s main priority in undertaking the renovations has been to make sure the entire facility is dry and free of mold. Arndt said air testing of the building has been a part of that process.
“We have probably, almost I would say, been overprotective about that but we are very sensitive to the fact that the health of the people that go into that building is important,” he said.
Arndt said the county is also making sure that heat will now be pushed into the ceiling section where the pipe that burst, which was part of the center’s fire suppression sprinkler system, is located so the new pipe will not be subject to such freezing as the county believes the old one had been.
“When you look at where the pipe broke there’s a good chance for the last 30 years since the building was built that this pipe was freezing and thawing,” Arndt said. “It was up in the ceiling so nobody knew that this was happening so there’s a good chance that it had been doing that for 30 years and so it finally burst with age and fatigue,” Arndt said.
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