County courthouse roof project is postponed

SMETHPORT – The replacement of the roof on the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport has been postponed until spring.Acting at a meeting Tuesday, the county Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to reject a lone bid received for the roofing project.Commissioner Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, the chairman of the board, joined with Commissioners Al Pingie of Bradford Township and Judy Church of Smethport in voting to reject the bid.Peterson Roofing of Olean, N.Y. earlier this month submitted a bid of $111,400 for the roofing project. It was the only bid received.In justifying the need to reject the bid, Pingie called the proposal “an extremely large amount for the work to be done.”DeMott said the commissioners plan to “wait until spring” before seeking new bids for the roofing project. He said the “pricing probably will be better” then when contractors have more favorable weather to complete the project.Ken Bush of Lantz Corners, the county’s maintenance director, told the Kane Republican that he is “confident” remedial work will be completed to prevent “major leaks.” He said “flashing work” would need to be addressed “before winter.”While the roofing project has been postponed for now, Bush made it clear that “we have to replace the roof next year” due to its deteriorating condition.In other business at the 45-minute meeting at the county courthouse, the commissioners:*Paid tribute to the late Michael Kennedy, who served as Kane District Judge for many years. Kennedy, who retired as judge last year due to health issues, died last week at his home in Florida.A former practicing attorney, Kennedy resided in Wetmore Township before moving to Florida last year.*Approved a revised agreement with Tioga County for the housing of McKean County inmates. The rate, which includes housing and meals, has been increased from $55 per day per inmate to $60 per day.Due to its prison population, McKean County at times needs to house inmates in out-of-county jails. Many of McKean County’s female inmates are housed in Warren County.*Accepted a bid of $855.55 from Jason Eastman of Kane for a vacant lot at 506 Y St., Kane.The lot with .08 acres has been in the county repository for non-payment of property taxes.According to the McKean County Tax Claim Bureau, Leroy and Josephine Eyles formerly owned the property.Eastman’s bid is the highest of two received for the property, according to Kathy Roche, director of the Tax Claim Bureau. Chester and Kathy Todd submitted a bid of $250 for the lot, Roche said in a letter to the commissioners.See full article by purchasing the Oct. 26 edition of The Kane Republican.