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Problems with county’s three downtown buildings discussed

December 19, 2011

Water around new boilers in building's basement. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    The Adams County Council discussed the physical condition of the three downtown Decatur buildings owned by the county at the council's December meeting last week.
    Steve Krull, the county's superintendent of buildings and facilities, told council members that some significant water leaks are occurring in the Service Complex on the north side.
    He also said the gutters on the structure containing Adams Superior Court and the county probation department have suffered some failures due to age, but the water from the roof is running down the outside walls and not penetrating the walls to the interior, as is the case at the Service Complex.
    Council member DuWayne Herman asked Krull to do what he can to at least get the worst parts of the broken gutter system functional so rain and melting snow and ice is rerouted.
    It was restated that, even if everything goes well in regard to hoped-for plans to erect a city-county building in Decatur and to move superior court and the probation offices out of the current site, that would still probably take about three years, so the court/probation building must be kept in operational shape for a while longer.
    Krull said the final repairs at the courthouse will involve tuckpointing the exterior to close gaps in the walls. The current exterior work to renovate the elegant edifice should be done by next summer, he said, including new windows, new slate, and rubberized roofing material replacing worn out tin from the late 19th century.
    With Chairman Randy Colclasure and Vice Chairman Eric Orr absent, veteran member Kenyon Sprunger became the presiding officer.

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