April 3, 2013
Common Staff Writer
With the snow and heavy rains earlier this week and a clogged downspout on the roof of the Scioto County Courthouse, the offices 4th District Court of Appeals Judge Matt McFarland’s were flooded.
As a result McFarland and his staff have set up a temporary office in the Courthouse Annex.
Also earlier this week McFarland turned to the commissioners for answers to this reoccurring problem. As a result the county brought in Mike Asabrook, a building inspector on Friday to look at the issue and make recommendations on how best to resolve the issue.
McFarland said he is pleased with the progress the county is making to address the problem but, it will still be a while before he can or will move back into the courthouse.
“(Commissioner) Doug Coleman and I met with Asabrook on Friday and went through my office, went to the roof and went through the jail. I’m very encouraged that they did that. I was not sure it was going to happen,” McFarland said. “It’s still a wait and see situation on the roof, I’m hopeful the drains are not going to be a problem anymore.”
Coleman said Asabrook is expected to issue an official report on his findings early this week.
“He (Asabrook) said everything looks good. He suggested we do a few things such as, flushing the drains on the roof,” Coleman said. “He said there was no problem in the concrete and steel work on the roof.”
Coleman said Asabrook indicated there was no structural issues with the building and they may have a company come in next week to flush the drains.
When McFarland addressed the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting he stated that he did not know when he would feel comfortable moving back into the courthouse.
“As far as the remediation in my office is still ongoing. The smell is really bad, there is still a lot of moisture in the walls,” McFarland said. “It looks like there is going to have to been a lot of sheet rock removed, (from his office) then it needs to be checked for issues with air quality and for mold.”
As far as recouping some of the losses of equipment and furniture damaged in the flood, McFarland said that will be turned into an insurance claim.
McFarland said it’s also a wait and see situation as to if he will keep the court in Scioto County.
“The commissioners want to make this situation right, as far as keeping me here. I think they got the point,” McFarland said. “I think they realize it’s financially beneficial for me to be here for them. I would like to stay here (Scioto County) if possible but, I do not want to have to go through this again.”
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