Heavy rains, aging roof lead to leak at Lake County Government Center
BY RUTH ANN KRAUSE Post-Tribune correspondent September 19, 2013 3:00PM
County workers had to improvise after heavy rains and an aging roof caused water to leak into a courtroom at the Lake County Government Center Thursday morning. | Provided
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:16PM
CROWN POINT -- Heavy rains on Wednesday and Thursday left the carpet soggy and water dripping from the ceiling in one of the felony division courtrooms at the Lake County Government Center.
Maintenance workers affixed a large tarp to the ceiling to catch rainwater leaking through a faulty roof drain on the flat-roofed building. A hose attached to the tarp carried the water to a garbage can set off to the side of the courtroom.
Bob Rehder, a project manager consultant who oversees construction work at the complex, said the problem is not just the roof drain, but also that the building’s 20-year-old roof membrane has reached its life expectancy. He said he learned of the problem a few weeks ago.
Rehder said he is putting together information to seek repair estimates for the “B” Building roof, which is estimated to run about $150,000. There is asbestos under the tray ceilings inside the courtrooms, but the repairs will be made from the outside, so no asbestos should be disturbed inside the building, he said.
Lake County Commissioners may decide to declare an emergency and seek three bids for the job, which will include the roof drain repairs, Rehder said, adding he plans to speak to the commissioners about the situation.