$100K grant to repair roof of courthouse

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission announced they have received a $100,000 grant to repair the roof of the Randolph County Courthouse.

Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor said there have been issues with leaking in the roof, causing damage to the structure.

Taylor added that the grant funding would not have been possible without the hard work of Donna Haddix, who serves as administrative assistant to the commission.

“Thanks to the good work of our administrative assistant, Ms. Haddix, we’ve been informed that the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority has awarded Randolph County a grant in the amount of $100,000 to be used toward the replacement of the roof on the main courthouse,” Taylor said.

“That will be used for half of the roof this year – phase one. We already did emergency repairs and then separated the rest into two phases. We will apply again next year and hopefully be successful.”

Taylor said he believes the grant is a big step toward completely replacing the roof of the facility.

“This is really big. It’s 80 percent and then we match it with 20 percent. The max you can receive through this grant is $100,000 that you can get from the state. We are really tickled that we got it,” Taylor said.

He explained officials plan to use a synthetic clay tile which carries a lifetime guarantee and is “substantially cheaper.”

He added that earlier estimates to replace the roof were close to $700,000, and the new tile options would make the project cheaper and more manageable within the county budget.

Taylor said the commission plans to work diligently on preserving the courthouse, which is more than 100 years old.

“The Randolph County Commission is committed to the preservation of one of the most historic buildings in Randolph County. The Randolph County Courthouse has been the hub of government operations for the county since 1902,” Taylor said.

“The Commission and staff are committed to pursuing any and all grant funding available to help offset the cost to the taxpayers of much-needed repairs to the Courthouse.”