Another item will soon be updated at the Hancock County Courthouse – the historic water fountain just outside on its west lawn.
Supervisors unanimously approved the request of Hancock County Maintenance Department Director Kevin Hoeft to accept a $2,640 bid from Midwest Protective Coatings in Mason City to sandblast and repaint the fountain prior to Memorial Day weekend.
A new epoxy paint coating will seal and protect the old fountain once work is completed. Hoeft’s department will take on the expense for the work as part of its budget. Hoeft said that the maintenance department has the funds to pay for it.
Hoeft noted that the fountain has not had any updates since 2002. He said the company is providing a five-year warranty on the paint finish.
“There is lots of corrosion all over it,” said Hoeft. “I would just like it to look nice again.”
Hoeft recommended that the paint colors could be off-white as well as light blue for the inside portion. Supervisors have not yet made a final determination on the paint colors while awaiting color samples.
Hoeft said that in some areas, the concrete is exposed to the elements. This project will stop the formation of mold and mildew spots.
“It is heavily used for wedding and graduation pictures,” said Hoeft. “Mineral buildup is all over it and running down the sides. This will stop that buildup.”
Hoeft reminded supervisors that donations were collected in 1995 to restore it to a working water fountain. He noted that it was being used as a flower bed at the time.
In other business:
• Hoeft also advised supervisors that an upcoming carpet cleaning on the third floor of the courthouse may be held until after the courthouse new carpet installations. Supervisors previously approved a bid of $41,002 from In-Step Flooring in Kanawha for new carpet and installation on stairs and all three courthouse levels.
Supervisors were informed that In-Step Flooring plans to do half of the new carpet installation at a time, if feasible. They discussed possibly hiring a moving company to assist with moving items prior to new carpet installation, noting that the clerk of court area appears to have the most things to be moved. Some offices to be re-carpeted recently received new desks and furniture that may be able to be disassembled and moved by the seller.
• County Engineer Jeremy Purvis announced that final bridge work, which includes the installation of permanent guardrails on the county bridge at 110th and Grand, about two miles west of Kanawha, was delayed again due to weather. However, the road and traffic there were not completely closed.
• Supervisors established a 9:30 a.m., May 3 time to receive public comments for a Nutra Tech construction permit application to modify its master matrix at its existing swine confinement facility in section 17 of Erin Township. The proposed changes will be published on April 20.
Rob Hillesland is community editor for the Summit-Tribune. He can be reached at 641-421-0534, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.