The Board of Developmental Disabilities received the Geauga County Commissioner’s approval to award a $440,000 contract for roof repairs and replacement for the department’s administration building.

Dave Carlson, director of business operations for the board of developmental disabilities said the last time the roof of the Cedar Road building received proper replacement was in 1995.

He said the original structure of the building near the Metzenbaum Center was built in the 1960s and since then has received additions built in the 1970s and 1990s. Mr. Carlson said this is the oldest building in the department.

“Since that time, we’ve patched and re-patched and re-patched, and over the last several years it’s gotten increasingly worse. We’ve got leaks all over the building, and we’ve really pushed this thing to the limit. It’s time to redo it,” he said.

The county awarded the contract to West Roofing Systems, Inc. Mr. Carlson said the department set aside money in their budget last year specifically for roof improvements of the administration building.

This project will provide the department with the most cost effective route and the longevity they seek, Mr. Carlson said, noting that the repairs come with a 20-year warranty.

He explained that the other options included the installation of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) rubber roofing or modified coal tar.

“Those quotes were between $850,000 and $980,000, largely because they require total tear-off, which is much more labor intensive, and as a result more costly,” he said. With West Roofing Systems, a LaGrange, Ohio company, the department can take a more “targeted” approach on repairs.

“We had an infrared scan completed of the roof where we were able to identify about 20 percent of the area which has water damage to roof decking, and we’ll be able to do a targeted replacement of those areas, replace only that, and then apply a uniform impervious polyurethane spray foam over the entire surface,” he said, explaining this process provides a watertight surface for the entire roof. “And at the cost that it is, being about half of the other solutions, we felt that this was the most prudent route to pursue.”

In other construction news, the commissioners also approved more than $868,000 in contracts and highway easements for the Engineer’s Office.

The board approved the execution of two unit price contracts for work on county roads, including a contract with Gill Farms, LLC of Columbia Station, Ohio for drainage improvements to Russell Road in Russell Township at about $86,700 and Ronyak Paving, Inc. of Burton for the asphalt resurfacing project on Caves Road in Chester and Russell townships at about $777,800.

Deputy Engineer Nick Gorris explained that the county already awarded the contracts for both projects and that this approval just allows the execution of the contracts.

The board also approved 17 highway easements for culvert improvements to Bundysburg Road in Parkman and Troy townships, Jug Street in Troy Township, Russell Road and Washington Street in Auburn Township with a combined total of about $3,400.

Sam Cottrill started reporting for the Times in February 2019 and covers Auburn, Bainbridge, Bentleyville and Chagrin, Kenston, Solon and West Geauga schools. She graduated from Kent State University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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