Copper roof will protect Lincoln courthouse

November 24, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Two more weeks, with Mother Nature's blessing, and the bright new copper roof of the Lincoln County Courthouse could be finished, the project foreman said Tuesday.

The dome and roof repair project began in the summer of 2003 to help stem the tide of rainwater leaking into the upstairs courtroom and to clean the pigeon-infested bell tower. The project was supposed to have been completed by late September, but spring rains held the work back.

"I'm trying to get it finished in two weeks before it gets bad, weather-wise," said foreman Jesus "Chuy" Reyes of Tri-state Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. "Once the scaffolding is out of the way, we'll be back on track."

Scaffolding that had surrounded the building and dome for the last several months was removed Monday and Tuesday by Sunbelt Rentals Scaffolding Service to make way for the last copper shingles to be laid.


The half-finished copper roof has already made a difference in the interior of the historic building, said head custodian Oliver Miller Jr.

"It's coming along good. There's no more leaks inside the courtroom, and that's a blessing right there," Oliver said.

At the project's start, Lincoln County Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert said 5-gallon buckets had once been used to collect rainwater seeping into the courtroom. "We're not always going to be here, and we're just trying to prepare the building to last another hundred years," he said.

Reyes said the long-term effects of the new copper roof and downspouts should last well beyond this generation.

"You and me don't have to worry about it," Reyes said. "Copper never rusts, so it will be good for years and years."

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