You may have noticed all the scaffolding surrounding the Delaware County Courthouse these past few months.
Crews have been reshingling the roof since this summer. County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says it was work that needed to be done.
The County reached out to eight commercial construction companies, but the work was just too big of a job for most of them. The one quote that came in was from Renaissance Restoration of Galena, the same company that restored the courthouse’s clock tower after it was struck by lightning about a decade ago. The company specializes in working on historic buildings – and Madlom says that expertise was exactly what was needed to reshingle the courthouse roof.
Renaissance Restoration took off two layers of shingles from the courthouse roof – which Madlom says probably hasn’t been done for at least 25 years.
The County is paying for the reshingling project with local option sales tax dollars, with the final cost estimated to be around 640-thousand dollars. Madlom says he knows that’s a lot of money, but he says maintaining our historic courthouse – built in 1894 and recognized on the National Register of Historic Places – is something that needs to be done.
Crews have started the process of taking the scaffolding down and should be completely done by the end of the year.
photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH