Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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July 15, 2014

County says yes to repairs — Garvin County’s commissioners have said enough is enough when it comes to some water leak problems plaguing the courthouse building in Pauls Valley.
Their solution is to publicly seek bids to get the roof fixed up right over the older portion of the courthouse.
All three commissioners gave their blessings to the project specifications and OK’d the bid search during their weekly meeting Monday.
The roof is among the areas addressed during a courthouse renovation project back in 2009 and 2010 paid for by a half cent county sales tax first approved by voters in 2007. That tax was renewed this past spring for another seven years.
The new roof was placed over the older portion of the building and not the annex part on the north side.
“We didn’t have enough money to do it like it should be,” District 3 Commissioner Johnny Mann about the roof when it was placed years ago.
“This time we’re looking at doing it right,” he said, adding there’s also been some hail damage from severe storms.
“This is a good time for us to go back in and fix it good.”
The problem is not with the overall roof but one area in particular.
It happens to be over the office of District Judge Greg Dixon.
The office on the third floor has experienced ongoing problems with water leaks for some time, said county Clerk Lori Fulks.
According to Fulks, the leaks were initially a problem over the offices of both Dixon and Special District Judge Trisha Misak.
Roof patches apparently helped fix the problem for Misak’s office but not Dixon.
As an example, this past winter when heavy snow blanketed the area and began to melt the water would typically go to the one area and leak into the one office, Fulks said.
For a time the thinking was the problem existing with the building itself. In the end it’s been determined to originate with the portion of the roof over the judge’s office.
“We did a facelift on the building,” Fulks said. “We did that on that corner and it still leaked into the judge’s office.
“We were putting out trash cans in that office every time it rained.”
More on the cost of the roof repair project will be known only after contractor bids are received.
Whatever that cost winds up being at least some is expected to be paid for by the county’s insurance coverage.
Any bids received on the project are expected to be opened on Aug. 4.

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