If accepted, the project could begin as early as this fall and wrap up in the spring of 2018 after approximately six to seven months of work.

A $3.1 million contract for major repairs to the Camden County Justice Center is currently under legal review on behalf of the commissioners’ office.

The guaranteed energy savings contract proposal by CTS Group of St. Louis covers repairs and upgrades to the roof, HVAC and lighting systems within the complex. If accepted, the project could begin as early as this fall and wrap up in the spring of 2018 after approximately six to seven months of work.

Camden County’s Justice Center, built in 1999, houses the sheriff’s office and detention center. It was found to have roof and structural issues in November 2015 when the commission met with Darin Eidson of the Garland Company, a commercial roofing business based in Cleveland, Ohio.

The commissioners previously had estimated the total cost of the repairs could be on the low side of $500,000 and on the high side, $2 million. However, that estimate has changed to approximately $3.1 million after a meeting with the CTS group last week to discuss potential proposals.

First District Commissioner Bev Thomas told the Lake Sun on Wednesday morning that the county would pursue refinancing bonds used for the first guaranteed energy savings contract on the administrative building that was completed roughly five years ago to cover the cost, as well as applying for low interest loans and possibly additional bonds.

The commission had acknowledged in previous discussions that the repairs are considered necessary and too large of a project to budget into a single fiscal year.

On March 10, the commission passed a motion to accept a request for qualifications from CTS — the only RFQ received — to begin the repair process, acting as a sub-contractor to ensure quality control assistance.

The motion also stated the county would pursue the guaranteed energy savings contract, under Missouri State Revised Statutes, which requires a cost-analysis guarantee that the upgrades will pay for themselves in the long-term through energy efficiency savings.

The proposal currently under consideration is a reduced plan with the bare minimum repairs and upgrades, according to Thomas and fellow commissioners Greg Hasty and Don Williams, who originally thought some other minor repairs could be added to the total project. That doesn’t appear to be financially feasible any longer.

In 2015, Eidson and The Garland Company conducted initial core cut samples of the detention center roof and were able to detect several wet areas. After calling in a complete thermoscanner server, several other damaged areas were detected mostly near the initial core cut samples.

According to the 2015 infrared moisture summary report, the roof system appeared to have five areas containing moisture, approximately 5,569 total square footage of the roof. The largest section on top of the detention center, approximately 3,927 square feet, was found to have a 75 percent moisture level.

Eidson had recommended a complete replacement of that section, while the other four smaller sections could be cut out and restored.