"We're finally there," Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer said Thursday.

There is making repairs to the Mason County Justice Center after several years of planning, meetings, and decisions on issues ranging from roof color to financing.

"I'm glad to get to this point," he said.

Peffer said Mason County Commissioners will consider a resolution on Tuesday authorizing the county to enter into a contract with Momentum, a Lexington-based contractor, for a total of about $525,000 to make repairs on the center.

The structure, built in 1999, has an array of issues, many associated with water damage, officials said.

The problems center around leaks in the roof, which have caused damages to areas on the east and west sides of the building, as well as the flashing around the cupola.

There are also areas of concern with the front of the building, including deterioration of the concrete steps, and water penetration of the wood columns.  Problems with a concrete wall foundation behind the exterior staircase at the front of the building are also from water damage and to identify the specifics of the problem, thermal imaging is being conducted on the foundation.

During the 2016 General Assembly, $830,000 was included in the Judiciary Budget over the biennium for repairs to the facility. The Project Development Board was established with members which include Pfeffer, Circuit Judge Stockton B. Wood, AOC  Executive Officer of Facilities Scott Brown, AOC Budget Director Carole Henderson, AOC General Counsel March Theriault and Mason County Attorney John Estill.

The PDB earlier approved a bond sale to finance the project with Ross, Sinclaire & Associates. Brandstetter Carroll Inc. is the architect company for the project.

Current plans are to begin work on the project in late January or early February, depending on the weather, Pfeffer said.

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