Taxpayer Paid Roof Leaks

Taxpayer paid roof hot topic in Cass County.

All sides got together and talked about the Cass County Courthouse roofing project at Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting according to the Cassgram.

The contractor and the architect stated their positions. After both had their say, it was agreed to review the technical drawings. Scott Enterprises, Berggren Architects and two county board members are meeting today to go over those and decide the final steps.

The $431,000-plus slate and copper roof project started in November of 2009 and the major construction portion ended in March of 2011, about a year longer that projected. Some leaks have been occurring and final payment has not been made. (Cassgram Archives 4/11/2012)

At this week’s board meeting, Jerry Berggren said he provided Scott, the contractor, with a report on what he believes are the corrections that, under contractual obligation, need to be made. But Berggren was not satisfied with the response. Berggren said he requested a reply outlining the corrections schedule but only got want amounted to “a start date.” The responses “are not getting you (the county) the roof you’re paying for and I recommend you consider your contractor in default” which would prompt the county to begin addressing things with the bonding company.

Tim Wood of Scott Enterprises said his company “had a hard time seeing what Jerry is seeing.” This week, after the 2-plus inches of rain Saturday, Wood said he found small leaks in two basins, leaks on two sides of the clock tower—one a drip and one a water spot, and a wet wall. Finding those “small openings” will require investigation and that makes it impractical to provide a schedule, he said. Scott will have two individuals here starting Thursday “and they will be here until we figure this out.”

Wood noted his company received a “notice of completion” from Berggren. However, the “reality of it” is that an “adversarial relationship” now exists between his company and Berggren’s. Turning toward Berggren Wood said “I want to stop with this adversarial garbage that is going on and work with you” to fix this problem. “Good, roll out the drawings,” said Berggren.

Instead of reviewing all the technicalities during regular meeting time, a board committee meeting was set up for today with Scott and Berggren.

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