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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Grayco Roofing Consultants, Bade Roofing and an additional consultant Greyco brought in examined the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center roof last week.
Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka and Second District Commissioner Mark Marberry were present during part of their examination.
They cut into the roof and examined it layer by layer to determine what has been causing the condensation and wall staining since roof repairs were completed earlier this year.
Last week they were measuring ambient air temperature and humidity outside, in the pool area, and on the roof.
Ruzicka said he gave them credit for being “thorough,” but noted that he “just wants it fixed.”
The roof has been an ongoing saga. Built in 2000, the roof has never really worked properly, due to some design and construction issues.
It has leaked off and on for years.
Grayco and Bade managed to get the leaks fixed, but then had to deal with the new issue of stains on the wall from condensation.
The county has been holding back full payment for the work until the commissioners are satisfied that everything has been taken care of.
Meanwhile, a pump in the community center swimming pool will have to be replaced. Brad Arnold, community center director, said the pump dates back to 2009. He is getting quotes on a new pump.
The community center is also moving a part-time custodian to full-time status. They previously had three part-time people, but recently lost two of them.
The center is also seeking an aquatics director. The position has been open since January.
Arnold reported that a Christmas event would be held at the community center on Dec. 5. He said details were still being ironed out.
More non-sports activities are being planned for the community center. Arnold said a survey is being taken to determine what types of things the public would like to see added.
Scott Schmieder, road and bridge foreman, reported that he is looking into getting an attachment for the county bucket truck. It would cost in the $1,500-$1,700 range.
He said he believes the International tractor, which has been at Flieg’s Equipment, is ready to pick up.
Schmieder also reported that the crack patcher needs a new pump.
He said his crew has filled in all the spots they had dug out on roads and that they will be repairing potholes and patching asphalt while the weather is good.
They will also be keeping up with the last of the mowing.
Schmieder said pipes will be replaced on Salem Creek Road and Millcreek Road, as well. He believes this will alleviate some problems on those roads.
Meanwhile, the commissioners agreed to do a road inspection this Wednesday, to get an idea for 2024 priorities.
• The commissioners agreed to sign a four-year emergency generator maintenance agreement at a locked rate of $1,635 a year.
• Schmieder expressed interest in attending either a Viking-Cives customer appreciation event at the Maryland Heights Orlando Gardens Oct. 4 and/or a demonstration by Woody’s of Edwardsville, Ill., of new Diamond mowers. The possibility of Schmieder going to the Viking-Cives event with Alliance Water Resources personnel was also brought up.
• The potential loss of tax revenue from the Ozora Truck Stop closing and its most recent owners going into bankruptcy was again discussed. The potential loss of revenue caused by the aligning of Senate Bill 190, which reduces real estate property taxes for senior citizens, also presents a reduction in revenues.