Ottawa County Sheriff pushing for new roof, continuous leaking and water damage

November 13, 2019 3:56 pm

Kaitlyn Shive

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 3:56 pm

Updated: December 20, 2019, 4:07 pm

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is pushing for the prison’s roof to be replaced after ongoing flooding and leaks.

Sheriff Jeremy Floyd says he’s been dealing with water damage and leaking roofs since he took office in 2016.

Every time it rains, lights and other parts of the ceiling leak into the ceilings, causing some officers to leave their office until it is cleaned up.

The bid for the roof was rejected twice. Sheriff Floyd says his budget just isn’t enough to replace the roof.

Some funding has been earmarked for this this fiscal year, but the problem has not yet been fully resolved.

This is just one of the many problems the prison faces. Electrical and plumbing are a few others.

“We’re trying to fix or fix the problem so that it works where it works. However, if you are dealing with a roof in the condition it is in, it is imperative to replace it,” said Sheriff Floyd.

He hopes they can replace the flat roof with a sloping one as soon as funds are available. It would be more expensive, around $ 250,000, he said, but it would prevent future problems from arising.

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