Tipton County Courthouse in need of roof, window repairs | Local news

TIPTON – The Tipton County Courthouse needs repairs.

Tipton County commissioners were told during a regular meeting Monday that the county courthouse needs a new roof and windows on the fifth floor as both are in disrepair.

Hope Public Adjusters’ Cole Klein flew a drone over the courthouse and took photos. What he found was “widespread damage” throughout the roof, including several missing pieces of slate roofing and pieces that had slipped off and are now sitting in the courthouse troughs.

“When these things come down, they’ll hurt someone,” Klein said. “It’s not one area, it’s the entire roof system. … you see lots of shifted and missing slates ready to slide down and fall. And for these reasons, I think repairs would be possible, but at this point the roof is almost ready. “

Replacing the entire roof would very likely be an expensive ordeal, especially for a small county like Tipton County. The exact scope and cost of replacing the entire roof are currently unknown as the commissioners are still in the early stages of assessing the problem, although they expect the cost to be at least in the high six-digit range with a price tag of $ 1 million or more, very likely.

The county insurance may contribute to some of the cost. Whether this will happen and at what level remains to be seen. Commissioner Jim Mullins told the Tribune he plans to meet with the county insurance agent on Tuesday to discuss the roof.

The roof is currently made of slate tiles and was last patched almost 20 years ago. The commissioners discussed on Monday the possibility of using a cheaper material than slate for the new roof. Because the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, each county that it chooses must follow certain guidelines pertaining to historic structures.

“If we put the board back on, we’ll be back in 20 years,” said Commissioner Mark Manier.

The roof of the courthouse isn’t the only problem.

The windows on the building’s fifth floor also need to be replaced, Gregg Townsend, the county’s auditor, told commissioners.

“The frames are rotten to the point where we are afraid of even touching the glass because we fear glass will fall five stories to the ground,” Townsend said, adding that he believes it is on the fifth floor there are at least 10 windows.

The commissioners unanimously agreed to Townsend’s bid to replace the windows on the fifth floor.

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