Officials sign on to have roof fixed

By D.A. Wilkinson


The Columbiana County Commissioners on Wednesday announced a settlement that will enable the repair of the roof of the Columbiana County Municipal Court at 38892 Saltwell Road.

The $3.6 million court opened in September of 2005 and quickly developed a leaking roof.

Commissioner Penny Train said Wednesday that water “flowed” down the walls of the office of Judge Carol Ann Robb.

The building has two courts, including the court of Judge Mark Frost.

Traina said that his chambers and other parts of the building were also affected.

The commissioners signed agreements with Vendrick Construction Inc., Metal Worxs Inc., Commercial Industrial Sheet Metal Corp., Strollo Architects Inc., United Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, Ohio Insurance Co., and Cincinnati Insurance Co.

The settlement states that Strollo, “failed to identify and reject nonconforming roof work.”

The commissioners said that Vendrick’s work was not waterproof, didn’t conform to the plans and specifications and didn’t have a warranty as required.

Under the settlement, Vendrick will pay the county $135,000, Metal Worx will pay $50,000, Strollo will pay $70,000, Commercial Industrial Sheet Metal Corp. will pay $90,000 and Hartford will pay $15,000.

Jim Hoppel, the president of the commissioners, said, “Hopefully, this will settle it.”

The commissioners didn’t say how long it may take to fix the roof or what it might cost.

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