News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

April 12, 2013

Commissioners making plan to end leaks in Vigo Courthouse dome

TERRE HAUTE — The copper-skinned small and large domes atop the historic 19th Century French neo-baroque style Vigo County Courthouse are leaking and in need of repair.

New copper skin was installed on the domes about 40 years ago and again in 1986. However, a lack of regular maintenance has resulted in water that can be visibly seen coming through the upper part of the dome during moderate rains.

“The longer we wait to repair it, the more damage there will be,” said commissioner Mike Ciolli. “... Water works its way down to the fifth floor of the courthouse from the dome.”

Hail storms create minor dents and pin holes in the metal roofing, and gusting winds can expand broken seams on the domes, Ciolli said. “We can’t stop that. We have had a couple bad storms in the last few years,” he said.

Ciolli on Tuesday told the Vigo County Council that commissioners in May will request that the council approve about $165,000 for a repair project that would re-solder all breaks in roof seams. Any breaks larger than 4 inches in length would be resecured. The dome’s ornamental iron catwalk fence would also be inspected and reanchored as needed and painted.

The project would include a heavy coat of metal primer to close all pinholes in the metal roof, cut out any broken mortar joints and tuck-point with matching mortar color, plus apply water repellent to stone on the dome tower.

“It hasn’t been maintained,” Ciolli said. “What the commissioners have been trying to do over the past two years is preventative maintenance, not do maintenance when you have to because something happened. We can start preventative maintenance and get on a cycle to keep this up, with every two years inspecting it and every four years, it is clear coated. It will last longer,” he said.

In addition, waterproofing would be needed every 10 years. Clear coating would cost $1,200; waterproofing would be $4,000, Ciolli said.

The county completed an 11-year exterior restoration of the courthouse in 1997, which included dome work in 1986. The county completed a four-year, $13.6 million courthouse interior renovation project in 2008.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.

greninger@tribstar.com.


 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News