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Additional courthouse metal work approved

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved, at its regular Tuesday meeting, additional metal work to take place on the Marshall County Courthouse.

The work will be done by Renaissance Roofing of Belvidere, Ill., for $55,162.24.

Marshall County Buildings and Grounds Director Lucas Baedke said this is work that needs to be done.

“The bulk of the work is right below the gutters,” he said. “There are some decorative rosettes and some metal that needs rework and patched. It is above beyond the skillset of my staff. I know it seems a little late, but we wanted to quantify we have everything that isn’t insurance responsibility.”

Baedke told Supervisor Dave Thompson the work in discussion is the responsibility of the county and described it as “facelift stuff” that has deteriorated through the years.

Some of the work will have to be taken down and replaced. Others will be taken off and reused in other spots.

“We’re trying to get a good understanding of what we can reuse and what needs to be replaced,” Baedke said.

Thompson said if the county wants to keep in consistent with the theme of getting the courthouse in proper condition for the next 100 years, the work should be done. Supervisor Bill Patten agreed.

Supervisor Steve Salasek asked if Baedke anticipates any more similar situations to occur.

Baedke replied there is a fiberglass skirt below the dome with a wood structure which has deteriorated. He said that needs to be replaced and should be the last issue for the building exterior.

Contact Lana Bradstream at 641-753-6611 or lbradstream@timesrepublican.com.

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