The ground floor of the Fayette County Courthouse will be stripped and replaced at an estimated cost of $16,000, according to the Fayette County Commissioners.
Work is expected to begin in May after bids for the replacement were taken. The replacement is necessary because the commissioners said they believe that moisture and water is seeping up through the concrete floor and causing the current floor laminate to bubble and crack in places.
The final contract for the bid will cost about $16,000 for stripping the old flooring and replacing it with an epoxy-based spray laminate similar to the floor covering that is used now. The epoxy-based laminate is a good choice for the flooring, according to the commissioners, because it is not slippery and holds up well to normal wear.
The replacement flooring will be sealed better to accommodate the seepage, said Fayette County Commissioner Dan Dean.
“It needs to be stripped off better, we think, and sealed and leveled a little better,” said Dean. “It might be a thing we can’t really completely avoid because the courthouse is a sandstone structure and they leak water.”
The commissioners met Monday in the courthouse with judges and court administrators to talk about the replacement.
“We’re looking at a target of trying to do this on Memorial Day weekend. Since we’re going to do a complete strip of the floor it will require four days to do it. We have a holiday on that Monday, of course, and we’re talking to the judges to arrange to close the courthouse on Friday before Memorial Day,” said Dean.