Hail damage from recent storms is the reason huge cranes began appearing last week outside the Bulloch County Courthouse.
While maintenance and roof repairs have been ongoing, with the county having spent more than $182,000 previously on leaks and deteriorating bricks and mortar, an insurance company approved a claim for the hail damage that will help the county complete other planned roof repairs as well, said Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch.
The insurance claim amount was about $200,000, but Couch did not have exact figures available Friday.
The problem of leaks at the historical building, which was built in 1894, began a few years ago, and the first phase of renovations began, he said. During a recent inspection of the roof in preparation for the second phase of repairs, the hail damage was noted and the claim submitted, he said.
The approved claim will cover the cost of fixing the hail damage, as well as the other planned repairs to the roof, he said.
Nation's Roof, a company out of Lithonia, won the bid for the job. While the contract allows for unexpected weather delays and lists a completion date of Sept. 31, the project may be completed sooner, possibly within the month, Couch said.
However, work crews have been instructed to take their time to ensure a quality job, he said.
Last spring, the courthouse underwent some roof repairs, replacement of mortar and bricks and painting and weather sealing.
The courthouse has seen numerous renovations over the years, including one in 1914. In 1998, the building, whose red bricks had been plastered over, was restored to its original appearance on the exterior and underwent a major renovation inside as well, according to historical reports. That renovation was completed in 2000.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.