County expected to spend $155,000 on new roof for detention center

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— The Routt County commissioners are expected Tuesday to authorize a contract valued at $155,409 with Pinnt Roofing & Construction of Grand Junction to install a new waterproof membrane on the flat roof at the Routt County Detention Center.

And while they are at it, they are likely to choose to spend another $27,000 to temporarily remove a lightning-protection system, which safeguards sensitive communications equipment in the Sheriff’s and Combined Communications building, and have it re-certified. The county jail was built in 1992.

County purchasing agent Marti Hamilton told the commissioners that among the nine contractors contacted about the work, five responded. Pinnt was the lowest bidder, and the only one who proposed not to tear off the old roof, but to install a new membrane on top of it.

“They had good references, and they were the only one (of the five) to recommend we leave the (old) roof in place as opposed to tearing it off,” Hamilton said.

County facilities director Tim Winter told the commissioners that a lightning-arrest system, resembling a low barbed wire fence around the perimeter of the jail's roof, was installed in 1994. It includes ground wires, which run into a liquid-filled container buried in the ground, to capture the energy from a lightning strike.

Winter added that if a lightning strike should occur while the system is down during roof construction, the county’s insurance would cover any damage.

He added that the jail's steel roof has drains built into it to channel off any snowmelt.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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