Costly roofing projects eyed at Portage County buildings

Nearly $ 2 million worth of roofing projects are under consideration in two Portage County-owned buildings.

Commissioners, dealing with a long list of needs in the county’s facilities, received an update from JoAnn Townend, Portage County’s director of internal services. The county typically spends $ 1.5 million a year on facilities, but hasn’t done so in a number of years.

The commissioners asked Townend to provide a timetable for the projects.

“All of these are badly needed things,” Townend said.

Townend provided estimates for three buildings requiring roofs – Riddle Block 1, which houses the county adult probation unit; the Portage County Justice Center in Shalersville; and the Records Center, also in Shalersville.

The roof at the panel center, she said, is valued at $ 523,650. The building in which the archive is located used to be the district’s nursing home. Puzzle 1, she said, will cost $ 618,000. The cost does not include a piece of metal on top of the roof that is a historical detail of the building.

The justice center, which houses the prison and sheriff’s department, could cost anywhere from $ 734,000 to $ 905,000, depending on the roof pitch and insulation, Townend said.

No estimates of improvements to the parking areas south of the Ravenna District Court were presented, which is likely to be a significant expense. Townend noted that Main Street Ravenna proposed improvements to the same facility as part of a downtown plan, but believes the plan underestimates the county’s parking needs. The two Common Pleas Courts require parking for 88 employees plus jurors, and more parking spaces will be required if a third Common Pleas Judge is ever added.

Meanwhile, there has been interest in the county’s former vehicle fleet location on West Main Street in Ravenna Township, both from those interested in the building and from those looking to purchase the items that are still inside.

The district closed the vehicle fleet at the end of 2018. Instead, the district commissioned Enterprise with the maintenance of the district’s light commercial vehicles. According to a relocation officer, the program saved $ 200,000 in the first year of the program.

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