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PI jail roof replacement progresses

ROGERS CITY — Plans to replace the roof on the Presque Isle County Jail are moving forward.

The jail’s roof has been leaking for the past 15 years. Sheriff Joseph Brewbaker previously told The News that the leaks have gotten increasingly worse over the past three years and have reached a point where the roof must be replaced.

County Sheriff’s Office employees have removed water-logged ceiling tiles and used buckets to catch the water dripping from the ceiling this spring. The skylights in the jail, located near the inmates, are also leaking.

The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners recently awarded a $142,700 bid to Doyle Roofing to replace the roof. The Cheboygan-based company was selected from three firms and was the lowest bidder.

The county will make a 50% payment up front, or $71,350, to cover the cost of materials for the project. Because the roof replacement was not a budgeted expense, the funds will come out of the county’s general fund. County Clerk Ann Marie Main said the county will likely use funds from the courthouse construction fund, as well.

Commissioners also awarded a $3,545 bid to Rogers City-based John’s Plumbing and Heating, the company that will remove the air conditioning and heating units from the jail’s roof and then reinstall them once the replacement is complete.

Main said a start date has yet to be set for the project, but county officials are preparing for the work to begin.

“We’re working on coordinating all the moving parts,” she said of the arrangements being made by county employees.

Main said the county has to move the dumpsters, move wires, and has to have the materials for the project ready for when Doyle Roofing is ready to begin the project.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.