Ottawa County Sheriff pushing for new roof, continuous leaking and water damage

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s office is pushing to replace the roof of the jail after continuous flooding and leaking issues.

According to Sheriff, Jeremy Floyd, he has been dealing with water damage and leaking roofs since he took the position in 2016.

Every time it rains, the ceilings leak through light fixtures and other parts of the ceiling, causing some officers to leave their office until it is cleaned up.

Bidding for the roof has been rejected twice. Sheriff Floyd says there is just not enough funding in his budget to replace the roof.

There is some funding set aside this fiscal year for it but the issue has not been fully addressed yet.

This is just one of many problems the jail is facing, electric, and plumbing are some others.

“We try to fix it or patch those problems to make it where it will work, but when you’re dealing with a roof in the condition with what it is, it definitely needs to be replaced” said Sheriff Floyd.

He is hoping that once there is enough funding, they can replace the flat roof with a pitched one. It would be more costly, around $250,000 he said, but it would prevent future problems from happening.

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