Courthouse dome repair

An employee from General Roofing and Construction of Carrington, N.D., strips paint from the exterior of the Traill County Courthouse dome in summer 2020.

The Traill County Courthouse dome will undergo a second round of renovations this summer, although county officials learned Tuesday that the county will need to foot the entire bill for the project.

County commissioners hired General Roofing and Construction of Carrington, N.D., a year ago to perform repairs after learning the historic dome had started leaking.

Those repairs, considered phase one, cost $125,468 and included purchasing new windows, replacing rotted wood under the metal of the dome and building a new flat roof for the dome’s bell tower.

County leaders were able to offset a portion of the project cost thanks to a $50,000 grant the county received from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Commissioners had hoped to tap the historical society for a second grant this summer to pay for a portion of the $138,000 needed to repaint the dome’s shelf area, replace more windows and repair the dome’s columns and corbels.

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