Commissioners will float a bond to pay for repairs.
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Fixing up the Trumbull County Health Department building will cost taxpayers another $164,000 under contracts expected to be approved by Trumbull County Commissioners today.
The county already has spent $37,000 to patch up the Chestnut Street building's leaking roof and to remove toxic mold from the basement.
The total cost for renovations is expected to be less than $200,000, County Administrator Tony Carson said.
"When you look at what we we're going to pay to rent, it is much more economical to do it this way," he said.
Commissioners twice solicited bids from landlords interested in leasing space for the health department. Renting a building for the department would have cost between $80,000 and $100,000 a year, Carson said.
The health department building has been beset with problems. Poisonous mold was discovered in the basement two years ago, prompting commissioners to relocate county Emergency Management Agency offices to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna Township.
The roof leaked, the building's sign fell off, front steps crumbled and windows let in water.
"We are certainly happy this thing is moving," said Health Commissioner Dr. James Enyeart.
Commissioners are expected to award a $124,000 contract to D.J. Porter Co. of Youngstown to serve as general contractor on the renovations; a $21,000 contract to Horton Electrical Contracting, Warren, for electrical work; and a $19,000 contract to Thompson Mechanical, Warren, for heating and air conditioning work.
Commissioners will pay for the work by issuing a $188,000 bond, also expected to be approved today.
Officials hope concrete work to fix the building's stairs and build a new handicapped entrance will begin before the first snowfall. A schedule for remaining work, which includes new windows, flooring, ceiling tiles and an exterior facelift, has not been finalized.
Health department workers are expected to continue to work out of the building while renovations are under way.