The Christian County Fiscal Court met for a regular meeting that went fairly quick Tuesday morning as magistrates voted on the acceptance of a bid for re-roofing the historic Christian County Courthouse.
Magistrate Phillip Peterson explained to the court that the re-roofing will be just one part of several phases of renovations to the courthouse.
Peterson added that the new roof will be metal with guttering all the way around the building as well as downspouts.
“This is also just kind of a phase of things to be done to the courthouse as far as our restoration, but this is just one phase,” he said.
Peterson explained that the current roof is close to degrading and suggested that it would be better to move to get a new roof before the courthouse sees future roofing issues.
“The existing roof apparently has a spray foam on it and that foam is separating and of course, the warranty is not there anymore on the roof,” Peterson said. “I don’t think we need to wait until we start having leaks before we start the process of putting this on.”
Following that explanation, Peterson shared why he felt that it would be important to spend funding on the courthouse, aside from being proactive in preventing leaks.
“I think we can all agree that the courthouse is part of our history here in Christian County so we definitely need to stay proactive as far as keeping our building nice and beautiful for the community,” Peterson said. “So, I definitely think it’s a good thing.
Christian County Treasurer Walter Cummings shared with the court that bids for the re-roofing were opened Nov. 2 and received several bids since.
Cummings shared that the lowest bid the county received was from Swift Roofing, Inc. at $348,000. He added that the price may increase, however, due to the possibility of rotten decking at the courthouse.
“Now, included in that bid, though, they think there is probably going to be some rotten decking on the courthouse,” Cummings said. “They’ve quoted $5 a square foot in addition to this to replace rotten decking and if you’ll recall, they’re the same company that put the roof on the annex of the Alhambra (Theatre).”
Cummings also reminded the court that the same company when working on the Alhambra also encountered rotten decking.
Cummings then recommended that the magistrates vote to approve the accept of the bid from Swift Roofing.
Ultimately, the court voted unanimously to approve the acceptance of the bid.
Peterson added that the re-roofing would likely not begin until spring due to avoid the winter months.
Prior to magistrates voting to accept the bid, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Executive Director DeeAnna Sova shared with the court that she feels that the library is “back.”
“I feel like the library is back,” she said.
“We are now scheduling story time in December. We are also doing our Epic Hour … we’re having a book sale this month also on the 17th through the 19th. So, it’s just kind of a nice feeling to feel like we can start providing these services again, that we love to provide.”
After expressing that she feels like the library is getting back to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, Sova took the opportunity to introduce the library’s new Imagination Library coordinator.
Sova introduced Ka’Dessa Snorton as the new coordinator of the program and shared that she had officially been working in the position for one week and a day as of Tuesday.
“She’s come with a lot of excitement and energy to do all the things that we need to do for our children and to continue to get these books in the hands of our community,” Sova said of Snorton.