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June 25, 2013

Jail roof bid proposal approved by county commissioners

PALESTINE — Anderson County Commissioners gave an OK to Burns Architecture to go out for bids for the construction of a new roof at the county jail, presenting details of bid/proposal specifications during a meeting Monday.

Kenny Burns of Burn Architecture spoke to the court, explaining the process he went through in developing the bid proposal, particularly regarding challenges presented by the current jail structure.

“The original structure does not provide for a slope roof, but the concrete structure itself slopes,” he explained. “Parapets (raised walls that make up a roof ledge) on the building are not tall enough, nor can they be raised due to being broken up by exercise yards.”

Burns also reported a challenge in the roof drainage system, explaining that the original crickets (a ridge structure that diverts water on a roof) were not built correctly.

“I have proposed a complete demolition and replacement with a PVC roof with a 15-year warranty and the option of a 20-year warranty as well as a 2-year general warranty,” he said. “There are quite a few instructions for the bidders.”

Once approved, Burns said that requests for proposals will be published in newspapers on June 29 and July 6, with a pre-bid conference schedule for July 11 on the roof. Bids will be received/opened on July 23.

Commissioners voted in January to seek bids for an architect to design a new roof for the jail, with Sheriff Greg Taylor reporting over 100 leaks that had been patched up numerous times.

And at a later meeting on May 28, the court OKd the option for the type of replacement as well as a contract with an architect.

The court approved the second option — replacement of the roof with the same as the currently existing one, with costs ranging from $185,000 to $225,000. The contract with Burns Architecture also was approved.

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