Courthouse roofing project estimated at $3.2 million


During its regular meeting Monday, the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors reached a consensus of how to reroof the Muscatine County Courthouse as part of a spring project.

The total cost of the project is expected to be about $3.2 million. So far, $1.06 million is funded from ARPA and repair transfer. The supervisors considered areas to get the remainder of the funding from. County staff also commented that the project would be disruptive and they hoped it could all be done at once.

Supervisors Jeff Sorenson recommended the needed funding be split between the county’s repair fund and year-end capital. He commented the county did not want to deplete the repair fund because it may be needed before the end of the fiscal year. The board reached a consensus to have each fund pay about $530,000 for the project.

An engineering study was done on the existing roof. It is made up of a combination of copper tiles on top of the clock tower, and an Ecostar roof that was installed about 10 years ago. In 2017, the third floor courtroom was remodeled, and during construction workers found plaster damage that had been done by the gutters. At the time the consensus was the gutters needed to be replaced, and while that was happening they needed to replace the synthetic slates.

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The supervisors are expected to take action on a new proposal during its Sept. 25 meeting. While a year has been set aside for the project, if there are no delays, it may be done in as little as four months. The project is expected to begin in the spring.

The supervisors also canvassed the votes from the Louisa-Muscatine special election to renew the Physical Plant Equipment Levy and to spend state funding. Both measures were approved.