Courthouse roof project moves forward

ELKINS — Randolph County Commission members unanimously approved a bid this week for the first of two phases of a project that will replace the original County Courthouse roof.

The sole bid received by the commission for the project, which was put out to bid roughly one month ago, was in the amount of $194,400 from Forbes Copper Works LLC, of Lewisburg.

The money will be paid in four equal increments of $48,600 — one as a deposit and for materials, one upon delivery of materials for fabrication and setup, one upon removal of existing materials and the final upon the satisfactory completion of the project.

The only cost to the county will be $94,400, as the board was awarded $100,000 in grant funding from a courthouse facility improvement grant.

“One hundred thousand of this is paid for out of the courthouse facilities improvement grant so the county’s responsibility will be $94,400,” Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor said.

Taylor added the commissioners previously partnered with Forbes Copper Works during an emergency repair on the roof and said they were impressed with the work that was done.

“About three years ago, we had an estimate to have that roof replaced and it came in around $1 million,” Taylor added “The difference this time is that the State Historic Preservation Office and the change in materials and times, there is a synthetic tile that we are allowed to use now and it has a lifetime guarantee.

“If you look at the back of the courthouse, there is a section there that has already been replaced. We did that with the emergency funds we spent several months ago,” he continued. “It looks really good; we are really excited and it’s something that we hope to get done.”

Commissioner Mark Scott added he is excited about both the price of the project and the quality of the work done by Forbes Copper Works.

“The weight of replacing those tiles — I think those are original — that’s a lot of weight,” he said. “That’s a lot of weight. I remember when they were pulling them off before, there’s tons of weight on that roof. This is a lot lighter material so I think that’s going to take some wear and tear off the sub-structure of the roof too.”

Taylor 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.

In other business:

• Commissioners unanimously approved signing a resolution to endorse the application for deceleration and extension along U.S. 219/250 in Beverly as part of an Armstrong Flooring expansion project.

The resolution will come at no cost to the county and be handled through the Randolph County Development Authority.

• Commissioners unanimously approved a United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement between the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and Monongahela National Forest.

This annual agreement will permit Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies to patrol National Forest property and campgrounds and be reimbursed for hourly wages and mileage.

• Commissioners unanimously approved poll workers for the May 8 primary election.