March 23, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
With the snow and heavy rains earlier this week and a clogged downspout on the roof of the Scioto County Courthouse, the offices of the Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Matt McFarland’s were flooded. McFarland turned to the commissioners for answers to this recurring problem and as of the end of the week, he was pleased with the progress made.
McFarland said he is satisfied with the work being done to address the problem but, it will still be a while before he can or will move back into the courthouse. As a result McFarland and his staff have set up a temporary office in the Courthouse Annex.
The county brought in Mike Asabrook, a building inspector, Friday to look at the problem that has repeatedly flooded the office and make recommendations on how to best resolve the issue.
“(Commissioner) Doug Coleman and I met with Asabrook on Friday and went through my office, went to the roof and went through the jail. I’m very encouraged that they did that. I was not sure it was going to happen,” McFarland said. “It’s still a wait and see situation on the roof, I’m hopeful the drains are not going to be a problem anymore.”
Coleman said Asabrook is expected to issue an official report on his findings early this week.
“He (Asabrook) said everything looks good. He suggested we do a few things such as, flushing the drains on the roof,” Coleman said. “He said there was no problem in the concrete and steel work on the roof.”
Coleman said Asabrook indicated there was no structural issues with the building.
When McFarland addressed the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting he said he did not know when he would feel comfortable moving back into the courthouse.
“As far as the remediation in my office, it is still ongoing. The smell is really bad, there is still a lot of moisture in the walls,” McFarland said. “It looks like there is going to have to been a lot of sheet rock removed, then it needs to be checked for issues with air quality and for mold.”
As far as recouping some of the losses of equipment and furniture damaged in the flood, McFarland said that will be turned into an insurance claim.
McFarland said he would prefer to wait and see the result of the work before determining if he would maintain his office in Scioto County or move elsewhere within the district.
“The commissioners want to make this situation right, as far as keeping me here. I think they got the point,” McFarland said. “I think they realize it’s financially beneficial for me to be here for them. I would like to stay here (Scioto County) if possible, but I do not want to have to go through this again.”
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.