County replacing roof on downtown office building

Bartholomew County plans to seek bids from contractors to replace a roof for its government office building in downtown Columbus.

The project, which is expected to begin next spring, was prompted after water was discovered underneath the roof of the building at Third and Franklin streets, Bartholomew County Commissioner Carl Lienhoop said Monday during the weekly commissioners’ meeting.

The roof is about 15 years old and also will require the insulation to be replaced, he said.

“We’re fortunate we’ve not had a lot of water coming through,” Lienhoop said.

Money for the project, estimated to cost $150,000 to $200,000, will come out of the economic development portion of the county’s local income tax, county Auditor Barb Hackman said. Funding for the project already has been approved by the Bartholomew County Council in the county’s 2018 budget, she said.

Commissioners approved a $14,250 consulting and design contract last week with DLZ Indiana Inc., an engineering architectural firm based in Indianapolis, to design and oversee replacement of the roof.

“When it leaks, you have to fix it,” county commissioner Rick Flohr said.

Lienhoop said timeline for the roof work will depend on the weather, mostly likely to be done in the spring.

The commissioners plan to open bids for the project during their 10 a.m. Dec. 26 meeting.

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