February 17, 2019
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Leaking water damages Piscataquis County deeds office

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The heavy rainfall Sunday damaged sections of the Piscataquis County Superior Courthouse, which is being renovated.

The roof wasn’t completed and secured before the rain on Sunday so the deeds office and a conference room on the second floor received water damage, according to County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte.

The rain damaged rugs and the binders and coverings of documents in the deeds office but did not damage the documents inside the binders, Tourtelotte said Monday. Workers were busy Monday drying out the wet items and a cleaning firm has been called in to help continue the process. In addition, Bowman Constructors of Newport, the general contractor, was quick to respond when notified by county officials. The contractor called the roofing subcontractor and workers were on site Monday to secure the roof, she said.

The renovation and addition under way at the courthouse was requested by the state so the District and Superior courts could be combined in one building. The District Court, which is now located in the so-called Peaks House next door to the Superior Court building, is considered too cramped and has safety problems.

Since all of the documents in the record room of the deeds office had to be moved elsewhere temporarily, the record room will be closed to the public Sept. 6-9. The registry will continue to record documents that are mailed in or brought in during that week. Documents from 1970 to 2011 are accessible for viewing at no charge on the registry website at mainelandrecords.com.

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