BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
New carpets, freshly-painted walls and an in-progress roofing project mark the latest corrective steps to deal with recent incidents of flooding at county buildings.
Current estimates for such restoration and recovery work total as much as $130,000 from various county funds.
In early October, Circuit Court Clerk Pam Venerable discovered nearly 150 "Banker's Boxes" containing thousands of water-damaged records from Greene County Circuit Court, Juvenile Court and Criminal Court.
The records were located in the former Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services building on West Depot Street.
The building is located behind Casper's Body Shop and Wrecker Service, LLC, and has been in use as a storage area for some county government records.
RECORDS TO RETURN SOON
Those records were immediately sent to a freeze-drying and restoration company in Michigan.
The documents are due to return to the county by the first of the year, but Venerable said on Thursday that she has not received any updates on their status or condition in some time.
County Mayor Alan Broyles confirmed that this was the last he has heard as well.
"As far as I know, it's near completion," he said in a telephone interview on Thursday. "They thought they would be here by the first of the year. I haven't heard otherwise."
Greene County's Self-Insurance Fund is responsible for the cost of the restoration, which was approved by the Insurance Committee for up to $35,000.
A call to Dan Jackson, the county's insurance advisor, who has overseen the project, was not immediately returned.
Meanwhile, Mayor Broyles said the county is repairing and replacing the roof at the building, which was the source of the significant leak that caused the water damage.
"It's just about done, so we'll have that problem taken care of," he said. "The roof that was on it was a flat roof, and it was in a bad state of repair. It caved in."
Clean-up from the cave-in will likely cost "somewhere close to $12,000," the mayor said.
Broyles said that the roofing, with labor and materials, is estimated to cost about $15,000, which he said was planned within the budget assigned for maintenance of county buildings.
COURTHOUSE ANNEX LEAK
In addition to the cost of the record restoration, the Self-Insurance Fund is also covering the costs of a water leak that occurred in November at the Courthouse Annex on Cutler Street when a clean-water supply line to a sink in the Register of Deeds Office broke and ran water all night.
Broyles estimated the repair cost at close to $70,000.
The majority of the damage occurred downstairs in the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, where ceiling tiles, carpets, a couple of computers, desks and some educational documents were all damaged.
Most of the downstairs has been completely repaired, with only a couple of small items -- such as a few more ceiling tile replacements -- remaining, according to Greene County Maintenance Director Russell Kinser.
While Kinser and his crew did not perform the clean-up, which was contracted through the insurance policy, he said he stopped by at intervals to check the status of the work and was pleased, as were the UT office employees.
"They're well pleased with theirs -- very well pleased," he said.
As for the Register of Deeds office, work was completed there over the recent holiday, with carpets replaced and walls repainted.
"I wish the whole place looked that way," Kinser said of the repairs.
Register of Deeds Joy Rader Nunnally said that her office was busy Thursday morning reshelving books and setting computers back in their places.
"We're up for business," she said. "We'll be a little behind, but we are up and open for business.
"I hope the public will be a little patient with us until we get everything up and going full blast."
No records or deeds were damaged in the leak, and all are available for the public to view, she added.