Aging roof over Piscataquis County Jail to be replaced

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 3 p.m.

MILO, Maine — A portion of the old and leaking roof over the Piscataquis County Jail will be repaired this winter, the Piscataquis County commissioners decided Tuesday.

The commissioners voted to solicit bids for the repair of about 3,000 square feet of the roof, which has been leaking for some time. An engineer retained by the commissioners to review the condition of the roof found several deficiencies and recommended that it be replaced, Commissioner Tom Lizotte said Tuesday.

The project also will include the replacement of insulation and Sheetrock that was damaged from moisture, and some drainage work.

“It’s a pretty extensive renovation,” Lizotte said. He noted that the county has the funds to do the work in the Dover-Foxcroft jail’s capital improvement account. The use of that money was approved by the Board of Corrections. County officials hope the work can be completed before winter.

In addition to the roof work at the jail, much renovation work is being undertaken on the county campus. A major renovation and addition to the Piscataquis County Superior Courthouse funded by the state is well under way. In addition, on Tuesday the commissioners accepted a bid for the removal of asbestos from around the boiler in the district courthouse. The only bid submitted was from Statewide Asbestos Removal of Plymouth for $1,400. The work needs to be done before the county installs a new boiler later this fall.

Tuesday’s meeting was held at the Milo Town Hall as part of the commissioners’ roving schedule during the summer and fall months. The next meeting on Sept. 6 will be held in the county complex in Dover-Foxcroft and the Sept. 20 meeting will be at the Abbot Town Hall.

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