Cost for new roof on jail: $653,000

Mesa County commissioners awarded a $653,000 contract Monday to a Delta contractor to replace the roof that covers the Sheriff’s Department and jail.

Odyssey Roofing’s bid came in the lowest of the five bids received by the county and lower than the $800,000 the county budgeted for the project.

County Facilities Manager Scott Layton told the board the 20-year-old roof is at the end of its normal lifespan. Commissioner Craig Meis asked whether the county could squeeze a couple more years of use out of it.

“This roof is shot,” Layton replied, noting the roof is pulling apart at its seams and has experienced several leaks in the past few years.

The new roof should be in place by the end of July.

In other business, commissioners agreed to co-sponsor the receipt of a $456,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant to pay for snow-removal equipment at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Airport Manager Rex Tippetts said the airport has acquired a front-end loader that can clear 30 yards of snow at a time. He said the equipment primarily will be used on the airport ramps.

He said the airport had no snow-removal equipment until about five years ago. He said the long, cold 2009–10 winter in the Grand Valley led airport officials to the conclusion that “we didn’t have adequate snow-removal equipment.”


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