Committee to examine bids to put new roof on Vermilion courthouse

Initial plan called for full renovation, but that was stalled by drop in electric aggregation funds

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members may have two bids to consider this week for putting a new roof on the Vermilion County Courthouse. The roof has had leaking issues for more than a year.

County board Chairman Gary Weinard said the county got two bids ranging from $100,000 to $150,000, and officials are going through bid specifications to make sure they are acceptable bids.

If so, the county board's property committee will consider the bids at its meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

And if the committee makes a recommendation, then the full county board will consider finalizing one of the bids at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, also in the courthouse annex.

Weinard said the bids were generally at the dollar level anticipated and are "doable" from a financial perspective. He said the county has the resources to award a bid at those levels if the specifications check out.

County officials had been hoping that a roof replacement would be part of a major renovation of the courthouse funded by a bond issue. But the county had planned to use revenue from an electric aggregation agreement with Integrys to initially pay for the bond issue, and revenue from that agreement has not panned out as planned because it could not include incorporated areas in its electric aggregation plan.

So county officials have backed off on the total renovation project and are addressing the most pressing issue first — the roof.

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