Clock Tower Washing

Dirt, grime, and loose paint is removed via high pressure washer prior to painting the clock tower of the Mason County Courthouse.

A project to spruce up the paint on the Mason County Courthouse is underway and making progress, officials said.

Rizzo Brothers, a Covington-based company which performs commercial painting, is on task and has been since mid- to late-September, according to Richard Newberry, deputy Mason County judge-executive.

"It's going along pretty well," Newberry said Thursday.

The first coat of paint is on the front of the building and the columns which flank the front, he said. The main entrance door has also received a coat of fresh paint and now windows are being painted, Newberry said.

Repairs to a crack in one of the front columns have also been completed, Newberry said. The material used previously to patch the crack was removed and a metal mesh patch put in place, he said. The repairs revealed that the inside of the columns are brick, Newberry said.

The contractor is currently power washing the roof before it receives a much-needed coat of paint, Newberry said, and repairs will be made to guttering, even though that was not in the original plan, he said.

"We weren't planning on that," Newberry said.

Rizzo's original bid for the work came in at $64,465. At that time, Newberry said there were also issues with the clock face and shutters, which are in dire need of repairs.

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There is not a deadline or time limit for when the work will be completed, Newberry said.

"It could be some time," he said.

Even so, the work is already making a difference in the historic structure's appearance, Newberry said.

"It's brightened it up, it's looking pretty good," he said.

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