Courthouse Roof Leaks Called Embarrassing

The Cass County attorney’s office and the architect’s office are reviewing the contract with Scott Enterprises, the roofing contractor on the slate and copper roof project on the Cass County Courthouse.

Leaks during the light snowfall on December 23rd and 24th caused damage to the third floor offices of the district court, clerk of the district court, and county attorney. The water also trickled down into the county clerk’s office on the second floor and the state probation office below on the first floor.

The leaks apparently occurred around nails attaching temporary membranes in catch basins that will eventually be covered with copper.

This is not something Cass County Commissioners thought they would still be dealing with. The base bid of $431,405—with more paid for the replacement of deteriorated decking—was awarded in July of 2009 and work began in late November of that year with an estimated completion time of 130 days. (archives 11/27/09)

Unhappy the project wasn’t completed yet, the county board invited the contractor to a meeting last month. A representative of Scott Enterprises explained that the copper flashing work is taking a lot longer than anticipated because of the detailed forming work that is needed. He said then it would take a few more weeks to complete the project. (archives 12/9/10)

The leaks that developed just before Christmas are “embarrassing,” said architect Jerry Berggren. “This is a bad situation.” The insurance adjuster for Scott was to visit the courthouse this week. Final tabulations have not yet been made on damage to equipment and materials. Staff time taken up to deal with the leaks will also be documented.

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