A nearly $200,000 project will see two roofs from the early 1970s restored on the Sampson County campus.
The issue was broached briefly during a special meeting of the Sampson Board of Commissioners earlier this week. Public Works Director Lee Cannady discussed the need for restoration of the roofs of the Sampson County Human Services building, specifically the old Health Department portion, as well as the Veterans Office building.
Cannady presented the board with three bids, of which ICS out of Wilmington was the lowest in the amount of $194,230.
“This kicks that can a little bit farther down the road. Instead of a total replacement roof, we’re talking about rehabbing these roofs and getting another 20 years out of them,” Cannady said.
County manager Ed Causey said there is money leftover from the funds designated to raze the Old County Home building and clean up the property, which is now being eyed for paving in the near future.
“We do have the money,” the county manager noted.
“This won’t have any real effect on the budget,” Finance clerk David Clack added. “This (funding) has been set aside by previous actions of the board to establish that capital project to improve these facilities, rehabilitate the parking lot and various other things for the county facilities. It’s basically to do long-overdue improvements.”
Cannady said the roofs date back to the early 70s, and noted the urgency to restore them now. Moisture has not yet seeped into the insulation and when it eventually does, the price tag on any restoration could balloon, the public works director said.
“We can put it off, but it might be more expensive,” he remarked.
“They have the original roofs on them. They’ve been patched but not a total rehab,” he stated. “If we can restore them, that would save a lot of money.”
The board voted to move forward with the restorations.
“To the extent that we’ve heard from the administration that we’re going to have some serious problems if we don’t do something now, I make a motion we accept the recommendation that we do that restoration and not a total (replacement),” said Commissioner Albert Kirby.
The vote was unanimous.
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