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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Ste. Genevieve County’s community center roof saga appears to be concluding.
As special consultants continue to experiment with adding insulation to stop a condensation problem in the swimming pool area, the commissioners are satisfied enough to pay.
The commissioners voted last Thursday to pay the remaining $39,941 to Grayco Roofing Consultants, the Construction Manager at Risk for recent roof repairs. After the roof was finally repaired and leaks stopped, the condensation issue began, with stains appearing on the wall.
Grayco has brought in specialists to analyze the situation.
“I appreciate you sticking with it,” Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka told a Grayco representative.
Although the roof has had issues since its construction in 2000, the problem really began in March 2021, when a storm damaged the roof.
ROAD CREW WORKING
DESPITE DEER SEASON
Although left shorthanded by deer season, the county road crew is still at work, getting as much done as possible before winter.
Regional John Donze reported, in Foreman Scott Schmieder’s absence.
He said they were cleaning out ditches and sealing cracks. That includes plugging gaps where the roads meet the new bridges on Ditch and Misplay roads. They had to borrow Special Road District A’s crack sealer, since theirs is not working properly.
Donze said they are managing, despite the hunting vacation days being used. He said he was able to keep one person in the shop.
LOOKING AT GUTTERS
Gutters had been put on the Chamber of Commerce building the day before. There was some discussion as to whether the circa 1875 building had ever had gutters in the past.
Meanwhile, True Test Environmental tested the prosecuting attorney’s office for possible mold contamination. It came back clean.
The cost was below the $6,000 threshold, so no bids were required for the work.
COMMUNITY CENTER SURVEY TAKEN
First District Commissioner Mark Marberry reported on a community center board meeting he had attended.
The board opted not to raise fees for 2024. The current fee schedule is higher than Farmington, but lower than Cape Girardeau. They also set the part-time salary structure.
Brad Arnold, community center director, will have his annual budget to the commissioners the first week of December.
The board also conducted a survey of 250 community center users, as to what they would like to see offered, etc.
A separate story will appear on this in December.
• The commissioners will meet Wednesday, Nov. 22, since Thursday is Thanksgiving. The meeting will begin at its usual start time 8 a.m. they will not meet on Monday, Nov. 25. They will be attending the annual state commissioners conference at Tan-Tar-A Estates.
• Repairs were made to a wall at the recycling center. Meanwhile, the forklift will need a $3,700 brake job.
• Ruzicka reported that sales taxes were up by $12,435.
• Last Friday, Marberry and First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy presented Kathy Waltz with a framed certificate in appreciation for more than 15 years service on the New Bourbon Regional Port Authority board.