Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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Van Buren Commissioner Questions How To Fix Courthouse Steeple

Van Buren Commissioner Bill Mosley voiced his frustrations Tuesday night after the county received zero bids to repair the courthouse steeple.

“I’m asking it for everybody that is listening to this,” Mosley said. “I’m asking for the commissioners if they know anybody. I would like to get it fixed.”

Mosley said he is concerned that the leak could later result in the need for a new roof. Mayor Greg Wilson said he does not know what else to do.

Wilson said the project has been put out to bid four times. The repairs have received no interest from contractors.

“We actually put it in the Cookeville paper one time and put it in the Construction Connect, which that goes out all over the southeast,” Wilson said. “Got nobody. Of course, nobody is going to come do a job that will probably take no more than two hours to do it.”

Commissioner Will Maxwell said the issue is the location of the leak and the slope of the building. Maxwell said the county needs to find a piece of equipment that can reach up to 60 feet but also move vertically while in the air.

“The equipment to do the job is going to cost four times what the job will cost,” Maxwell said. “There is nobody willing to do it.”

In other business, the commission voted to purchase a used maintenance truck for the school system. The price tag was about $31,000, according to Director of Schools Cheryl Cole.